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August 21, 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 13, 2009

Lycopene linked to healthier blood vessels
Higher levels of lycopene in the blood are associated with lower stiffness in the arteries, says a new study supporting the heart health benefits of the carotenoid. Women with the highest levels of lycopene also had the lowest levels of oxidized LDL-cholesterol, according to a study with 264 women published in the journal Atherosclerosis. Oxidation of LDLs is thought to play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Increasing LDL's resistance to oxidation is thought to possibly delay the progression of the disease.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 18, 2009

30% of nurses 'don't want' flu jab
A poll has found that almost one in three nurses do not want the swine flu jab over fears about its safety and a perception that the flu is mild. The poll of almost 1,500 readers of the Nursing Times found that many would reject the vaccine.
Read Press Association news report at yahoo.com (UK)

August 18, 2009

Probing Doctors' Ties to Industry
You may not be able to trust your mortgage broker, your car salesman or your congressman, but you can trust your doctor. Can't you? Patients might well ask themselves this question when they learn that 94 percent of physicians have "a relationship" with the pharmaceutical, medical device or other related industries, according to a national survey of physicians published two years ago in the New England Journal of Medicine. It is unclear how much those businesses spend on marketing overall, but Integrated Medical Systems, a research firm, estimates that pharmaceutical companies spend more than $20 billion annually marketing directly to doctors.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

August 16, 2009

Death link to swine flu vaccine
Health officials have warned doctors of possible similarities between the new swine flu vaccine and a jab linked to 25 deaths in America in the 1970s. The government’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), said in a letter to neurologists that they needed to look out for increases in cases of a brain disorder that might follow the launch of the immunisation programme. The letter has been sent because of concerns sparked by studying of the swine flu vaccination campaign in America.
Read article in the Sunday Times (UK)
Comment: Several hundred cases of a lethal paralysing neurological disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome were reported in the United States following a mass immunisation programme against a swine flu outbreak in 1976. Mindful of this, the World Health Organisation recently admitted that “adverse events directly caused by the vaccine may also occur” from the new swine flu vaccine and that these “cannot be predicted in advance”.

August 13, 2009

Court revives fraud claims vs. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
A federal appeals court has issued a major reversal in a case charging a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary with a multi-billion-dollar Medicare fraud. The Wednesday afternoon decision revives claims of former pharmaceutical sales representatives who alleged a kickback scheme to illegally market a powerful drug used with deadly side-effects and defraud the United States government. The 1st Circuit Court’s ruling remands the case back to the U.S. District Court in Boston.
Read article in the Boston Herald (USA)

August 10, 2009

Flu drugs little use for children, UK experts say
· Call for rethink of drugs' widespread use during pandemic
· No evidence antivirals reduce complications in children
· Side effects can be harmful, risk of resistance developing
Children should not routinely be treated with flu drugs like Tamiflu since there is no clear evidence they prevent complications and the medicines may do more harm than good, British researchers said on Monday. They called for a rethink of current widespread use of antivirals among under-12s in the light of an analysis of clinical data from past seasonal flu outbreaks showing scant benefits and potentially harmful side effects.
Read news report at reuters.com

August 7, 2009

Does virus vaccine increase the risk of cancer?
The swine flu vaccine has been hit by new cancer fears after a German health expert gave a shock warning about its safety. Lung specialist Wolfgang Wodarg has said that there are many risks associated with the vaccine for the H1N1 virus. He has grave reservations about the firm Novartis who are developing the vaccine and testing it in Germany. The vaccination is injected “with a very hot needle”, Wodarg said. The nutrient solution for the vaccine consists of cancerous cells from animals and "we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction". But more importantly, some people fear that the risk of cancer could be increased by injecting the cells.
Read article at bild.de (Germany)

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GMO News

August 12, 2009

Egypt bans trade in GM food
Egypt is banning food imports and exports that are not certified free of genetically modified products, state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Amin Abaza "gave instructions... against the entry of any imports, especially wheat, corn and soya beans until samples of the cargo have been examined...in the absence of a certificate," it added.
Read article at france24.com

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Other Health-related News

August 17, 2009

Supplements tested in space
Astronauts on recent space missions have tested the use of specially formulated dietary supplements designed to meet the nutritional needs of long-duration spaceflight.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

August 14, 2009

FDA sued over antioxidant health claim 'censorship'
The FDA is being sued for the third time in three weeks, this time over its “censorship” of 13 antioxidant qualified health claims, which the attorney mounting the case says amounts to “contempt of federal court orders” dating from 1999. The action, lodged in a Washington DC District Court by Jonathan W Emord of Virginia-based law firm, Emord & Associates, seeks “declaratory and injunctive relief” from the Food and Drug Administration for withdrawing on June 19, 13 vitamin C and E cancer-related claims, and qualifying four others to the point where they are commercially unusable. In particular, six claims are challenged relating vitamin C and lung, colon and gastric cancer; and vitamin E and bladder, gastric and lung cancer. As with a similar action - lodged by Emord against the FDA over its approach to qualified selenium health claims - the antioxidant action lodged today cites Federal Court decisions that the FDA is accused of acting in contempt of.
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August 13, 2009

Monsanto named in 50 cancer lawsuits
Fifty recently filed lawsuits allege Monsanto and related companies are responsible for causing cancer. Each of the complaints, filed Aug. 3 in Putnam Circuit Court, say Monsanto and its successor companies caused cancer by exposing the plaintiffs to dioxins/furans contamination of the air and property in and around Nitro. The cases mention the "negligent and otherwise unlawful release of dioxin from defendants' waste disposal practices on properties … located in and about Nitro, West Virginia."
Read article in the West Virginia Record (USA)

August 8, 2009

Organic food movement grows in China
China's organic produce movement is growing steadily amid recurring health scares and a desire for a return to natural food, some growers say.
Read news report on the United Press International (UPI) website

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Political News

August 18, 2009

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,332
As of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at least 4,332 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)
Comment: Tragic and unnecessary though they are, the number of military deaths in the Iraq war are dwarfed by the number of civilians who have lost their lives as a result of the George Bush/Tony Blair-led invasion. Even by September 2007, estimates suggested that more than 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens had been murdered since the invasion took place in 2003.

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