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June 5, 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

June 3, 2009

Antioxidant vitamins may protect against female cancer
Increased intakes of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene may reduce the risk of cancer of the uterus, according to a new review and meta-analysis of the science to date. Writing in Cancer Causes and Control, US scientists report that for every 1,000 microgram increase per 1,000 kcal of diet of beta-carotene was associated with a 12 per cent reduction in the risk of endometrial cancer. Similarly, for every 50 milligram increase per 1,000 kcal of vitamin C the risk of endometrial cancer was reduced by 15 per cent, and for every 5 milligram increase per 1,000 kcal of vitamin E the risk of endometrial cancer was reduced by 9 per cent.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 3, 2009

MS research highlights role of vitamin D
Researchers at the Menzies Institute in Hobart have found that increasing vitamin D levels reduces the risk of getting Multiple Sclerosis by up to 50 per cent. Professor Bruce Taylor says vitamin D is also an effective treatment for the autoimmune condition which affects the central nervous system.
Read article on the ABC News website (Australia)
Comment: For details of how vitamin D supplements could help cut the relapse rate among MS sufferers, click here.

June 1, 2009

Folic acid even more baby-protective than thought
Baby-protecting folic acid is getting renewed attention: Not only does it fight spina bifida and some related abnormalities, new research shows it also may prevent premature birth and heart defects.
Read article at physorg.com

May 31, 2009

Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
High-dose folic acid supplementation improved vascular function in young female runners who stopped menstruating (amenorrhea) because their caloric intake was lower than their energy output, researchers say.The findings suggest that folic acid may decrease cardiovascular risk and also improve performance in young female athletes, according to the Medical College of Wisconsin researchers.
Read article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia/USA)

May 29, 2009

Symposium details Calcium-Vitamin D fracture potential
As research continues into the role of calcium and vitamin D in maintaining bone health, a new study suggests a possible link between their combined supplementation and reduced hip fracture rates in the elderly. At the European Symposium on Calcified Tissue that took place in Vienna on Wednesday, researchers suggested that daily consumption of both calcium and vitamin D was linked to a 20 per cent fall in the rates of hip damage in older people.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 27, 2009

Multivitamins linked to younger ‘biological age’: Study
The cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users, according to new research from the US.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 30, 2009

Study links lung cancer to menopause hormones
Hormonal therapy for menopause, already linked to an increase in breast cancer and strokes, also strongly increases the risk of death among women who develop lung cancer, new research has shown. The findings are based on secondary analyses of a study of 16,608 menopausal women in good health by the US government known as the Women's Health Initiative. Researchers sought to evaluate the effects of Prempro, a combination of estrogen and progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone), sold by the US pharmaceutical Wyeth.
Read AFP news report at google.com

May 29, 2009

Review finds shortfalls in monitoring of foster children on psychiatric drugs
Spurred by the shocking suicide of a 7-year-old on psychiatric drugs, the agency in charge of Florida's foster children has discovered serious shortcomings in its monitoring of kids on such powerful prescriptions. After reviewing its files, the Department of Children and Families determined it had undercounted the number of foster kids on such medications as Risperdal and Adderall, overlooking hundreds of cases. It also has failed to meet its legal requirement that such prescriptions be given only after parental consent or court order. On Thursday, DCF said a review of the files of more than 20,000 children currently in the state's foster care showed 2,669, or 13.19 percent, are taking one or more psychotropic medications.
Read article in the St. Petersburg Times (Florida/USA)

May 29, 2009

Daniel sick from chemo treatment, Hausers say
After four days of retreat from the media spotlight, the parents of Daniel Hauser issued a statement Friday on their son's medical treatment and said they will post occasional updates on his condition on a website, dannyhauser.com. They said the 13-year-old boy reacted poorly to a chemotherapy treatment on Thursday, his first since February, and was depressed about returning to conventional care. "Danny is not tolerating the drugs well and has been vomiting all day," the statement said.
Read article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (USA)
Comment: In mid-May, faced with the loss of custody of her son, and with Danny threatening to run away if she agreed to the Court's decision to force chemotherapy upon him, Danny’s mother, upon the advice of their attorney, left the home with Danny without providing contact information. There was discussion that she would take Danny to Mexico for alternative cancer treatments. However, the local Sheriff issued a warrant for her arrest and made it a federal warrant. After the FBI and Interpol became involved, Colleen and Danny returned to their home. Clearly, when lawmakers insist on torturing a 13-year-old boy with toxic chemotherapy against his will – despite the fact that there are scientifically proven natural therapies for cancer available - there can be no doubt that the pharmaceutical investment business is becoming desperate. To visit Danny’s website, click here.

May 29, 2009

Drug firm Merck & Co ignorance of Vioxx effects 'hard to swallow'
A longstanding Australian employee of Merck & Co said it was a "bit hard to swallow" to say the pharmaceutical giant was not aware of the possibility that its anti-arthritis drug Vioxx could cause heart attacks. An internal email tendered to the Federal Court shows staffer David Loker wrote to the marketing director responsible for Vioxx, Geoffrey Blundell, after the drug was withdrawn to state his concerns over the company's public handling of the issue. The email, written in November 2004, expressed his worry over the company's response to a Nine Network news program alleging Vioxx caused heart attacks.
Read article in The Australian (Australia)

May 28, 2009

Dementia Drugs May Put Some Patients At Risk
Side effects associated with several commonly-prescribed dementia drugs may be putting elderly people at risk, says Queen's University Geriatrics professor Sudeep Gill.
Read article at sciencedaily.com
Comment: Gill and his colleagues discovered that people who used cholinesterase inhibitors were hospitalized for fainting almost twice as often as people with dementia who did not receive these drugs. Experiencing a slowed heart-rate was 69 per cent more common amongst cholinesterase inhibitor users. In addition, people taking the dementia drugs had a 49 per cent increased chance of having permanent pacemakers implanted and an 18 per cent increased risk of hip fractures.

May 20, 2009

AstraZeneca e-mails show debate on Seroquel risks
Marketing executives at British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC for years blocked efforts by company scientists to raise concerns antipsychotic drug Seroquel caused weight gain and other problems, saying that would harm sales, plaintiff lawyers say.
Read article at physorg.com

May 18, 2009

Throwing Billions Down a Psych Drug Rat Hole
From 1996 to 2006, prescriptions for psychiatric drugs increased by 73% among adults and 50% with children in the US, according to a new study in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal “Health Affairs.” Another study in the same issue, found spending for mental health care grew more than 30% over the same 10-year period, with almost all of the increase due to psychiatric drug costs.
Read article at lawyersandsettlements.com

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GMO News

June 2, 2009

Consumers won’t accept GM wheat, says tri-national statement
A group of organizations from the US, Canada and Australia has released a joint statement expressing their opposition to wheat industry plans to commercialize genetically modified (GM) wheat.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

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Other Health-related News

June 2, 2009

Semen quality depends upon antioxidants
A possible relationship between men's diets and the quality of their semen has long been a discussion point. Spanish researchers have now confirmed that antioxidants, molecules which are found mainly in fruit and vegetables and can delay and prevent the oxidation of other molecules, play a key role. Low antioxidant intake is associated with low reproductive capacity in semen. This is the finding of a new study carried out in two infertility centres in Alicante and Murcia, and which has been published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
Read article at physorg.com

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Political News

June 3, 2009

Cheney's defense of his co-presidency
As the nation watches in bemused disbelief, former Vice President Dick Cheney stridently defends the Bush administration's national security record, particularly as that record involves the euphemistic "harsh interrogation" of prisoners of war from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the question inevitably arises: Why does he feel compelled to do his? Isn't there an unwritten rule that former presidents and vice presidents keep their criticisms to hemselves and let the new administration develop its own policies? They tend to stay out of politics after leaving office, using their time to write memoirs and build a financial cushion on the well-heeled speaking circuit. Cheney is breaking the code. But it's different for Cheney. It's important to keep in mind that the policies in question are his policies. They are not Bush policies; they are Cheney-developed and Cheney-orchestrated. If this premise was ever in any doubt, Cheney's behavior confirms it.
Read article in the San Francisco Chronicle (USA)

May 28, 2009

The surveillance society is an EU-wide issue
The EU's new five-year plan for justice and home affairs will export the UK's database state to the rest of the EU.
Read article by Tony Bunyan in the Guardian (UK)

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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