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June 12, 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 8, 2009

Multivitamins in pregnancy reduce risk of low birth weights
Prenatal multivitamin supplements are associated with a significantly reduced risk of babies with a low birth weight compared with prenatal iron-folic acid supplementation, found a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Read article at physorg.com

June 8, 2009

Vitamins lower miscarriage risk
Taking vitamin supplements before and during the first trimester of pregnancy lowers the risk of miscarriage in expectant moms.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

June 5, 2009

Vitamin K2 may boost bone health in adolescents
Supplements of vitamin K2 may improve bone health in prepubescent children, and potentially protect them from osteoporosis later in life, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 4, 2009

Sedatives may increase suicide risk in older patients
Sleeping tablets have been associated with a four-fold increase in suicide risk in the elderly. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Geriatrics have shown that, even after adjusting for the presence of psychiatric conditions, sedatives and hypnotics were both associated with an increased risk of suicide.
Read article at physorg.com

June 4, 2009

FDA releases list of potential drug risks
WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators on Thursday listed two dozen drugs, including weight-loss medicines and sleep disorder pills, that it is at an early stage of reviewing for potential safety problems. Many of the issues have been previously disclosed, but remain under review by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said it was checking Pfizer Inc's smoking cessation drug Chantix for possible risk of accidental injury, vision impairment and other issues, and Cephalon Inc's sleep disorder drugs Nuvigil and Provigil for a potential of serious skin reactions. Other drugs listed included orlistat, a weight-loss drug sold by Roche Inc as the prescription product Xenical and by GlaxoSmithKline Plc as the over-the-counter drug Alli. The FDA said it was continuing to evaluate liver toxicity reports for orlistat. The FDA also said Pfizer's overactive bladder drug Detrol was under investigation for reports of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a serious skin reaction.
Read news report at reuters.com

June 4, 2009

USA Today: Conflicts of interest bedevil psychiatric drug research
Psychiatry's leadership is scrambling and fumbling in its effort to explain why it's collusion with industry for pay is okay. Ever wondered how toxic psychoactive drugs that have been shown to be clinically insignificant have been catapulted into multi-billion dollar blockbuster sellers despite the fact that these drugs pose serious safety risks? Today’s USA Today report by Marilyn Elias focuses on Dr. Lisa Cosgrove’s illuminating study documenting gross and unabashed conflicts of interest by psychiatrists who formulate psychiatry’s diagnostic and treatment guidelines. Dr. Cosgrove’s findings flat out contradict the widely reported pledge by the American Psychiatric Association that it has instituted screening procedures for the 27 members of its DSM-V Task Force, to avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest.
Read article on the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) website (USA)

June 4, 2009

S. Fla. Family Sues Psychiatrist for Son's Death
A South Florida family has filed suit against a Fort Lauderdale doctor claiming he is responsible for their child's death and this is not the first time the doctor has been the center of controversy. Dr. Sohail Punjwani who gave mind altering drugs to South Florida children could soon be going to court to defend his reasoning for prescribing the drugs. The mother of one of the boys spoke out about her son on Thursday. "He was like a zombie, my son was like a zombie all the time," said Norma Tringali as she described the final days of her teen aged son Emilio Villamar.
Read article on the cbs4.com website (USA)

June 1, 2009

Fears over reactions to cervical cancer jab
More than 150 girls in Scotland have suffered adverse reactions after receiving the cervical cancer vaccine introduced last autumn, The Scotsman can reveal.
Read article in The Scotsman (Scotland/UK)
Comment: In the UK, there were 1,716 suspected reactions reported up to May 2009. The most severe included paralysis and sight problems.

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Other Health-related News

June 9, 2009

Toddlers not getting enough vitamin D, study finds
Deficiency can lead to risk of health problems as adults
One-third of Canadian toddlers have too little vitamin D, a new Toronto test found -- a deficiency that puts them at risk of a wide range of diseases later in life.
Read article in the Vancouver Sun (Canada)

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Political News

June 8, 2009

European elections marked by record low turnout
The turnout in the 2009 European elections was the lowest ever since direct elections for the house started it thirty years ago, with Slovakia getting the lowest score for the second time in a row. The 4-7 June election saw 43.1 percent of the 375 million Europeans entitled to vote go to the polls, according to early results published on Sunday night (7 June) by TNS Sofres for the European Parliament. This result is more than two points lower than in 2004, which was then the lowest in the parliament's history at 45.5%.
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: Turnout has now fallen consistently in every EU election since the first one in 1979. The only EU countries in which turnout is high are those where voting is required by law.

June 8, 2009

US denies N Korea invasion plans
The US has no plans to invade North Korea or topple the country's government by force, the Obama administration's top disarmament envoy has said. The comments from Stephen Bosworth came as North Korea warned it would use its nuclear weapons in a "merciless offensive". Speaking in New York on Tuesday, Bosworth rejected the North's claim to be responding to a threat or hostile policy by the US as "simply groundless". He added that "negotiations and dialogue are the best means to achieve the goal of complete and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula."
Read article at aljazeera.net

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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