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June 26, 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 23, 2009

Omega-3 may boost heart health for diabetics
Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce levels of compound in the blood of diabetics linked to heart disease, says a new study from Iran. According to findings published in the peer-reviewed Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases daily omega-3 supplements cut levels of homocysteine by 22 per cent, compared to less than 1 per cent in the placebo group.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 22, 2009

Green tea’s anti-prostate cancer potential gains support
Consuming green tea may reduce levels of compounds linked to prostate cancer progression, according to findings of a small study with 26 men with prostate cancer. A concentrated extract consumed daily for an average of 34 days was associated with significant reductions in the blood levels of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and prostate specific antigen (PSA), say the new results from Louisiana State University (LSU).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 19, 2009

Antioxidants plus exercise may boost bones in older women
A combination of antioxidant supplements and resistance training may protect against bone loss in postmenopausal women, suggests a new study from Canada. Women receiving a combination of vitamins C and E, and exercise did not experience any bone loss during a six-month period, while women receiving placebo did experience detrimental bone loss, according to findings published in Osteoporosis International.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 19, 2009

Antioxidants can slow loss of sight in old age, scientists find
People at risk of going blind in old age may be able to keep their sight for longer by taking antioxidant supplements, scientists have found.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: The scientists gave a supplement containing vitamins C and E, zinc and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin to volunteers. In the trial, which involved 400 people who had AMD in one eye and were at risk of losing their sight in the other, they found the supplement slowed the degeneration and sharpened vision.

June 18, 2009

Supplement Could Reduce Risk of Gestational Diabetes in Pregnant Women
Women who enter pregnancy with a higher body weight face serious risks: higher rates of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and the risk of a larger baby who could go on to have obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the future. But a nutritional supplement, already shown to benefit fetal brain and vasculature development, could reduce those risks in both mother and child. That's why a nutrition researcher at the University of Cincinnati is launching a local, two-year clinical trial to study the effects of the supplement in pregnant women. Principal investigator Debra Krummel, PhD, UC department of nutritional sciences, believes the nutrient, omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in pregnant women. Krummel says DHA has proven benefits, but most women do not get an adequate amount of it in their diet.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 22, 2009

Drug 'reports' found to be faked
From the creation of fake academic journals, to bogus stories submitted to real journals, to falsified results in some of academia's most respected publications – the pharmaceutical industry has been rocked by allegations that the world's biggest drug companies put public relations above public safety.
Read article in the Toronto Star (Canada)

June 15, 2009

Sudden death in kids, ADHD drugs linked
Stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could increase the risk of sudden death in children who have no underlying heart conditions, researchers reported Monday. Such drugs have carried warnings since 2006 about an increased risk of sudden death in children or teens known to have serious heart abnormalities. But this is the first study to link the stimulants to sudden death in otherwise healthy young people, say officials of the Food and Drug Administration, which helped pay for the research.
Read article in USA Today (USA)

June 19, 2009

Publisher consulted drug firm on journal content
The world's largest medical publisher asked the manufacturers of anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx which articles they wanted to include in a so-called medical journal on bone health. Documents tendered to a Federal Court class action reveal staff at publishing company Elsevier, which produces The Lancet, emailed pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co about its "preferred content selection" for the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine. The publisher also admits the journal is a "single sponsored publication" where most of the content is chosen by Merck with some "input from Elsevier".
Read article in The Australian (Australia)

June 11, 2009

Lilly ‘Ghostwrote’ Articles to Market Drug, Files Say
Eli Lilly & Co. officials wrote medical journal studies about the antipsychotic Zyprexa and then asked doctors to put their names on the articles, a practice called “ghostwriting,” according to unsealed company files. Lilly employees also compiled a guide to hiring scientists to write favorable articles, complained to journal editors when publication was delayed and submitted rejected articles to other outlets, according to documents filed in drug-overpricing suits against the Indianapolis-based company, the largest manufacturer of psychiatric medicines. Drugmakers’ use of ghostwriters has created “a huge body of medical literature that society can’t trust,” said Carl Elliott, a University of Minnesota bioethicist who has written about the practice.
Read article at bloomberg.com

June 11, 2009

Anti-depressants can damage men's sperm
Add anti-depressants to the list of substances that can damage men’s sperm and potentially impair their fertility. In a new study, New York researchers report that as many as half of men taking the anti-depressant paroxetine (brand names, Seroxat and Paxil) have higher levels of sperm fragmentation.
Read blog entry by Judith Graham on the Chicago Tribune website (USA)

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GMO News

June 16, 2009

Failure to yield: Evaluating the performance of genetically engineered crops
For years the biotechnology industry has boasted that its genetically engineered (GE) crops—primarily corn and soybeans, will feed the world by producing higher yields. But according to a report released in March, 2009 by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this promise has proven to be empty. In the report, Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops, senior scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman says, “Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yield.”
Read article at examiner.com
Comment: As we have reported previously, 2008 was a bad year for the GM multinationals. Nevertheless, despite widespread public opposition to GM crops and a growing awareness of their dangers, some governments and government agencies appear to be intent upon deregulating them and allowing them to be released into the environment. In the United States, for example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is currently seeking public comment on a petition to deregulate a type of genetically engineered corn. To learn more, and for U.S. citizens to access a link to submit comments, click here. In addition, APHIS has also prepared an environmental assessment for a proposed release of a genetically engineered clone of a Eucalyptus hybrid. To learn more, and for U.S. citizens to access a link to submit comments, click here.

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Other Health-related News

June 23, 2009

Vitamin B12 deficiency linked to birth defects
Women with low levels of vitamin B12 have up to five times the normal risk of having a baby with a major birth defect, new research shows. It's long been known that another nutrient, folic acid, lowers the risk of neural tube defects -- devastating malformations of the brain and spine, including spina bifida. Now researchers are reporting that women who have low vitamin B12 levels shortly before and after they get pregnant are at significantly greater risk of delivering a child with a neural-tube defect.
Read article in the Vancouver Sun (Canada)

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Political News

June 21, 2009

Tony Blair pushed Gordon Brown to hold Iraq war inquiry in private
• Former PM feared facing 'show trial'
• Leak reveals plan to provoke invasion
Tony Blair urged Gordon Brown to hold the independent inquiry into the Iraq war in secret because he feared that he would be subjected to a "show trial" if it were opened to the public, the Observer can reveal. The revelation that the former prime minister - who led Britain to war in March 2003 - had intervened will fuel the anger of MPs, peers, military leaders and former civil servants, who were appalled by Brown's decision last week to order the investigation to be conducted behind closed doors. Blair, who resisted pressure for a full public inquiry while he was prime minister, appears to have taken a deliberate decision not to express his view in person to Brown because he feared it might leak out. Instead, messages on the issue were relayed through others to Sir Gus O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, who conveyed them to the prime minister in the days leading up to the announcement of the inquiry last week.
Read article in the Observer (UK)
Comment: With more than one million Iraqi citizens having been murdered since the American and British-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, reports suggest Blair is desperate to avoid the inquiry being held in public as it would damage his ambitions of becoming EU president.

June 21, 2009

Confidential memo reveals US plan to provoke an invasion of Iraq
A confidential record of a meeting between President Bush and Tony Blair before the invasion of Iraq, outlining their intention to go to war without a second United Nations resolution, will be an explosive issue for the official inquiry into the UK's role in toppling Saddam Hussein. The memo, written on 31 January 2003, almost two months before the invasion and seen by the Observer, confirms that as the two men became increasingly aware UN inspectors would fail to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) they had to contemplate alternative scenarios that might trigger a second resolution legitimising military action. Bush told Blair the US had drawn up a provocative plan "to fly U2 reconnaissance aircraft painted in UN colours over Iraq with fighter cover". Bush said that if Saddam fired at the planes this would put the Iraqi leader in breach of UN resolutions.
Read article in the Observer (UK)
Comment: This year, the Dutch government launched its own inquiry into its support for the war; significantly, this will see all the intelligence shared with the Dutch intelligence services by the UK intelligence services. The Dutch inquiry intends to publish its report in November – thus suggesting that confidential information about the role played by the UK and the US could become public before the results of the UK inquiry are published next year.

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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