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May 29, 2009

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Natural Health News

May 27, 2009

Green tea helps to treat leukaemia
An active ingredient of green tea has been found effective in treating leukaemia patients, say researchers. The study led by Mayo Clinic researchers has shown that patients could fairly tolerate high doses of the chemical epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), derived from the green tea. "We found not only that patients tolerated the green tea extract at very high doses (in capsule form), but many of them saw regression to some degree of their chronic lymphocytic leukemia," said Dr Tait Shanafelt, Mayo Clinic hematologist and lead author of the study. "The majority of individuals who entered the study with enlarged lymph nodes saw a 50 percent or greater decline in their lymph node size," Shanafelt added.
Read article on The Times of India website (India)
Comment: Just as with the finding that green tea extracts can inhibit the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the news that EGCG is effective in treating leukaemia patients is no surprise to us. To read about Dr. Rath’s research showing how a nutrient combination - including vitamin C, the amino acids L-lysine and L-proline and EGCG - works synergistically to stop the spread of cancer cells through connective tissue, click here.

May 26, 2009

Vitamin D or sunshine may help treat MS
Giving multiple sclerosis sufferers vitamin D pills or encouraging them to spend more time in the sun might help treatment, U.S. researchers said. In a review for F1000 Medicine Reports, Bridget Bagert of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Dennis Bourdette of the Oregon Health and Science University highlight recent advances in potential MS treatments.
Read news report on the United Press International (UPI) website

May 20, 2009

Vitamin D may boost cognitive function in older brains: Study
New research involving more than 3,000 European men suggests vitamin D, the "sunshine" vitamin, may boost cognitive function in middle-aged and older brains. Men with higher levels of vitamin D performed consistently better in a simple pen and paper test that measured attention and how fast the brain processes information.
Read article in the Montreal Gazette (Canada)

May 20, 2009

Review supports vitamin K's fracture reducing power
High dose supplements of vitamin K are effective for reducing the risk of fractures in post-menopausal women, according to a new review of the ‘reliable literature’.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 20, 2009

Vitamin D may halt lung function decline in asthma and COPD
Vitamin D may slow the progressive decline in the ability to breathe that can occur in people with asthma as a result of human airway smooth muscle (HASM) proliferation, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 26, 2009

Use of acid-suppressive medications associated with increased risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia
Hospitalized patients who receive acid-suppressive medications such as a proton-pump inhibitor have a 30 percent increased odds of developing pneumonia while in the hospital, according to a study in the May 27 issue of JAMA.
Read article at physorg.com

May 19, 2009

Vermont Acts to Make Drug Makers’ Gifts Public
Cracking down on medical industry payments to doctors, the Vermont legislature has passed a law requiring drug and device makers to publicly disclose all money given to physicians and other health care providers, naming names and listing dollar amounts. The law, scheduled to take effect on July 1, is believed to be the most stringent state effort to regulate the marketing of medical products to doctors. It would also ban nearly all industry gifts, including meals, to doctors, nurses, medical staff, pharmacists, health plan administrators and health care facilities.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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Other Health-related News

May 26, 2009

Is vitamin D deficiency linked to Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia?
There are several risk factors for the development of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Based on an increasing number of studies linking these risk factors with Vitamin D deficiency, an article in the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (May 2009) by William B. Grant, PhD of the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center (SUNARC) suggests that further investigation of possible direct or indirect linkages between Vitamin D and these dementias is needed.
Read article at physorg.com

May 22, 2009

UK parliament motion calls for Food Supplements Directive amendment
A Westminster motion is calling on Brussels to extend deadlines for enforcing maximum permitted levels of vitamins and minerals under the provisions of the EU Food Supplements Directive (FSD) and stop it applying to other nutrients such as glucosamine and creatine. The motion, submitted yesterday, noted the House of Commons had, “enduring concerns about the setting of maximum permitted levels of vitamins and minerals under the provisions of the EU Food Supplements Directive” and its potential damaging effect on more than 700 independent retailers. The House was “gravely alarmed” a European Commission meeting in late April had indicated the FSD would be extended to other nutrients and set “unacceptable MPLs”.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Political News

May 26, 2009

Shell's N.Y. trial over Nigerian deaths delayed
NEW YORK - A civil trial over the alleged involvement of giant oil producer Royal Dutch Shell Plc in the executions of protesters in Nigeria in the 1990s has been delayed until next week, a court clerk said on Tuesday.
Read news report at reuters.com
Comment: The lawsuit brought against Shell alleges that it was complicit in the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a well-known activist, who, along with other protestors, had been campaigning against ecological damage caused by oil extraction. Saro-Wiwa and eight other campaigners were executed by hanging in November 1995 following their conviction by military tribunal on what were widely seen as trumped-up charges.

May 26, 2009

European elections set to become 'massive' protest vote
Next month's European elections could turn into a 'massive' protest against national governments, according to a new study.
Read article at theparliament.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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