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August 14, 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

August 11, 2009

Exercise and Mediterranean-type diet combined associated with lower risk for Alzheimer's
Both being more physically active and adhering to a Mediterranean-type diet appears to be associated with reduced Alzheimer's risk, according to a new report in the August 12, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: The study found that those subjects who were very physically active had a 33 percent risk reduction of Alzheimer's; those who adhered more strongly to a Mediterranean-type diet had a 40 percent risk reduction. In addition, it found that there was a gradual decreasing risk for Alzheimer's in study participants who were reporting that they were both exercising a lot and following a diet closer to the Mediterranean-type: those subjects had a 60 percent reduction in their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.

August 10, 2009

Lutein, blackcurrant extract may reduce visual fatigue: Study
A supplement containing lutein, zeaxanthin and blackcurrant extract may reverse signs of visual fatigue, according to a new study from Japan and Singapore. Visual fatigue, caused by many factors, not least staring at computer monitors for long hours, may be eased a daily supplement containing blackcurrant fruit extract (200 mg), lutein (5 mg), and zeaxanthin (1 mg), according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over trial.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 10, 2009

Omega-3 fish oils linked to better semen quality
Infertile men have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their sperm than fertile men, suggests new research that opens up the possibility for supplements to boost sperm quality. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 was also found to be higher in infertile men, according to findings from a study with 150 men in Iran in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 6, 2009

Beetroot juice 'boosts stamina'
Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests. A University of Exeter team found nitrate contained in the vegetable leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake - making exercise less tiring. The small Journal of Applied Physiology study suggests the effect is greater than that which can be achieved by regular training. Beetroot juice has previously been shown to reduce blood pressure.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 10, 2009

Drug Firm Sponsorship Criticised
Pharmaceutical companies are sponsoring patients' associations - and some say this is part of their strategy to get doctors to buy their drugs. Broadsheet Dagens Nyheter has looked at the connections between patients' groups and medicine firms and seen a clear pattern: Companies that sell rheumatism treatments sponsor the Swedish Rheumatism Association. The Swedish Heart and Lung Association receives money from companies that sell drugs against asthma and bronchitis, and so on. The sums are significant - the Swedish Rheumatism Association has received the equivalent of 550,000 US dollars and all such sponsoring this year so far amounts to close to 3 million US dollars.
Read article on the SR International - Radio Sweden website (Sweden)

August 7, 2009

Fears as pupils get swine flu jab
Parents’ fears were growing last night over plans to use Britain’s 8.5million schoolchildren as guinea pigs for swine flu vaccinations. The Government has drawn up drastic plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

August 7, 2009

South Florida doctors paid thousands by Eli Lilly
While policymakers question whether drug makers are hurting healthcare reform by paying doctors fees, Eli Lilly revealed that it paid 10 South Florida providers more than $10,000 each during the first quarter.
Read article in the Miami Herald (Florida/USA)
Comment: Top of the South Florida list -- and No. 3 overall in the U.S. -- was an internist, Manuel Suarez-Barcelo, who admitted that he earned $65,000 by making presentations, mostly to nursing home staff, about the Eli Lilly drug osteoporosis drug Forteo.

July 26, 2009

Drug firms dodge swine flu liability
The UK government has been forced to accept legal liability for the swine flu vaccine amid concerns it could trigger life-threatening side-effects among the population at large. Ministers have taken on all the risk for the 60 million doses they have ordered from GlaxoSmithKline and the Baxter group, after both firms said they would refuse to produce it unless legally protected. A swine flu vaccine produced in America during the last recorded outbreak of the virus in 1976 was linked to a rise in Guillain-Barre syndrome, a paralysing muscular disorder.
Read article on the Scotland on Sunday website (Scotland/UK)
Comment: A win-win for the business with disease: drug companies make massive profits from the artificial swine flu epidemic and UK taxpayers foot the bill for the life-threatening side-effects suffered by patients as a result of being vaccinated. UK taxpayers can be forgiven for wondering whether this arrangement has anything to do with the fact that Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, is a member of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s so-called “Business Council.”

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GMO News

August 10, 2009

Consumers get 'No Genetic Engineering' label for food
German consumers now have an easier way to determine if their food has been genetically modified after Minister of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, introduced a new “No Genetic Engineering” logo on Monday.
Read article at thelocal.de (Germany)
Comment: Consumer organisation Foodwatch is skeptical about this label, suggesting that a “With Genetic Engineering” label is necessary as well. “If animals eat genetically engineered feed from their trough, this doesn’t have to be indicated on meat, milk or eggs. If consumers buy these products they are supporting genetic engineering against their will,” Foodwatch head Thilo Bode said.

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Other Health-related News

August 10, 2009

Canada examines vitamin D for swine flu protection
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has confirmed that it will be investigating the role of vitamin D in protection against swine flu, NutraIngredients-USA.com has learned. The agency started a study last year on the role of vitamin D in severe seasonal influenza, which it said it will now adapt to the H1N1 swine flu virus. “Researchers in PHAC are working with colleagues at McMaster University and with partners at other universities and hospitals to determine whether there is a correlation between severe disease and low vitamin D levels and/or a person's genetic make up. This line of research in seasonal influenza will be adapted to H1N1,” wrote the agency in an e-mail to NutraIngredients-USA.com.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

August 10, 2009

Chemical companies, US authorities knew dangers of Agent Orange
Those responsible for exposing Vietnamese citizens and US troops to toxic defoliants kept silent about known health implications, a review of documents finds. US chemical companies that made Agent Orange and the government and military authorities who ordered its spraying on Vietnam knew the human health toll it could take, according to official and unofficial documents detailing the history of the deadly defoliant. A review of the documents related to the use of Agent Orange – a dioxin-laden herbicide – in Vietnam, including decades-old declassified papers from the companies that manufactured it and the government and military that used it, provides compelling evidence that those in charge also concealed evidence of the devastating effects it could have on people.
Read article in the Thanh Nien Daily (Vietnam)

August 5, 2009

Bill seeks to subsidize health claim-backed dietary supplements
Two Congressmen from either side of the mainstream political spectrum have introduced a Bill into Congress calling for dietary supplements such as selenium and omega-3s that are backed by official health claims to receive tax breaks. The ‘Tax Equity for Meal Replacements and Supplements Act of 2009’, introduced by House of Representatives members, Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, and Ginny Brown-Waite, a Republican out of Florida, seeks to exempt the purchase of certain supplements from gross personal incomes. “Nutritional supplements can significantly improve health, and by making vitamins and supplements more affordable, we can help people stay healthy while reducing medical costs,” said Blumenauer.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Political News

August 10, 2009

Public spied on 1,500 times a day in UK
Police, councils and the intelligence services made more than 500,000 requests to access private emails and telephone records in the UK last year, according to an annual surveillance report. The figures, compiled by the Interception of Communications Commissioner, Paul Kennedy, found that about 1,500 surveillance requests were made every day in Britain. That is the annual equivalent to one in every 78 people being targeted.
Read news report at reuters.com
Comment: British citizens are already the most spied-upon people in the world. However, unbeknownst to most UK citizens, the list of organizations that have access to personal information in the UK includes the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Moreover, when the legislation that permits this spying was discussed in the British House of Lords in 2000, it was admitted that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain uses “covert surveillance”.

July 19, 2009

Democracy hangs by a thread in Honduras
The right-wing coup d'état is faltering, but its supporters have powerful friends in Washington.
The international group of right-wingers who staged the coup d'état against the democratic government of Honduras on 28 June are watching their plot fast unravel. There is stiffening international opposition to their protégé, Roberto Micheletti, who, in his capacity as President of Congress, ordered President Manuel Zelaya to be expelled from the country by plane in his pyjamas.
Read article in the Independent (UK)
Comment: President Zelaya had undertaken a number of progressive reforms during his presidency. Of these reforms, his measures against the pharma industry were arguably the most significant. Pharmaceutical multinationals control eighty percent of all drugs sold in Honduras, all of them imported at high cost to its national health service. To the intense anger of these drug makers, Zelaya had signed an agreement with Venezuela and Cuba to import cheap generic versions of the most commonly used drugs. Significantly, therefore, financial backing for the coup against Zelaya has been identified by some as coming from the pharmaceutical industry.

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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