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September 18, 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

September 15, 2009

Celiacs may benefit from antioxidant supplements
Sufferers of celiac disease have significantly reduced antioxidant capacity, says a new study, and could need natural antioxidants and appropriate dietary supplements. According to findings published in the Clinical Biochemistry, the major reduction in their antioxidant levels is due to a reduction in levels of the antioxidant glutathione. “As glutathione could be regenerated by other antioxidants, a diet rich in natural antioxidants, as well as appropriate dietary supplements, could be important complements to the classic therapy of celiac disease,” wrote the researchers, led by Vesna Stojiljkovic from the University of Belgrade.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

September 14, 2009

Antioxidant ingredient proven to relieve stress
A dietary ingredient derived from a melon rich in antioxidant superoxide dismutase enzymes has been shown to relieve stress. In a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, published in BioMed Central's open access, researchers found that the supplement decreased the signs and symptoms of perceived stress and fatigue in healthy volunteers.
Read article at physorg.com

September 14, 2009

Active older adults live longer, have better functional status
Older adults who continue or begin to do any amount of exercise appear to live longer and have a lower risk of disability, according to a report in the September 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Read article at physorg.com

September 10, 2009

Onion compound may protect colon from cancer: Study
Increased intakes of the compound quercetin, found in onions and apples, may reduce the risk of developing cancer of the colon by 50 per cent, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 10, 2009

Blueberry is food for thought
A blueberry smoothie at breakfast can stop your powers of concentration waning in the afternoon - and even help fight dementia in the long term, new research suggests. Scientists have found that the food can increase your attention span in the short term and can maintain a healthy mind in the long term. They found that just one 200g blueberry smoothie was enough to increase powers of concentration by as much as 20 per cent over the day. Regular consumption of the fruit could lead to a rewiring of a part of the brain that is linked to memory.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

September 9, 2009

Study Reveals New Role of Vitamin C in Skin Protection
Scientists have uncovered a new role played by Vitamin C in protecting the skin. Researchers at the University of Leicester and Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal studied new protective properties of vitamin C in cells from the human skin, which could lead to better skin regeneration. The work, by Tiago Duarte, Marcus S. Cooke and G. Don Jones, found that a form of Vitamin C helped to promote wound healing and also helped protect the DNA damage of skin cells. Their findings have been published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
Read article at physorg.com

September 9, 2009

Regular aerobic exercise reduces health concerns associated with fatty liver
Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia determined that patients with a sedentary lifestyle who engage in routine physical activities lower their risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The lower risk of problems associated with fatty liver was not contingent upon weight loss, but a direct result from the increased aerobic exercise. The results of this study are published in the October issue of Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

September 10, 2009

Ghostwriting Is Called Rife in Medical Journals
Six of the top medical journals published a significant number of articles in 2008 that were written by ghostwriters, according to a study released Thursday by editors of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Among authors of 630 articles who responded anonymously to an online questionnaire created for the study, 7.8 percent acknowledged contributions to their articles by people whose work should have qualified them to be named as authors on the papers but who were not listed. In the scientific literature, ghostwriting usually refers to medical writers, often sponsored by a drug or medical device company, who make major research or writing contributions to articles published under the names of academic authors.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: A huge body of pro-pharmaceutical medical literature is, in reality, the work not of independent scientists but of drug industry-sponsored writers employed on behalf of the “business with disease.” Drug companies such as GlaxoSmithKline; Wyeth; Eli Lilly & Co.; and Merck have all been widely reported to engage in this practice.

September 6, 2009

Question a doctor and lose your child
Parents are being threatened with having their children taken into care after questioning doctors’ diagnoses or objecting to their medical care. John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP, who campaigns to stop injustices in the family court, said: “Very often care proceedings are used as retaliation by local authorities against ‘uppity’ people who question the system.” Cases are emerging across the UK.
Read article in The Times (UK)
Comment: When a supposedly “developed” country such as the UK resorts to threatening parents with having their children taken into care if they question doctors’ diagnoses or object to their medical care, it’s a clear sign that the outdated pharma-controlled medical system is crumbling and in imminent danger of collapse.

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GMO News

September 15, 2009

Genetic engineering now an issue for five neighbouring Asian countries
Viet Nam is one of five neighbouring nations considering issuing a declaration against the use of genetically modified soybeans. This was announced at the second annual conference of the so-called Greater Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Sub-region (GMS) a the weekend. At the meeting, Viet Nam reported that several non-modified varieties of rice, soybean and potatoes it had received from other members had brought promising results. The move to ban transgenic materials was made by Thailand, one of the six members of the GMS. Thailand is one of the growing number of nations throughout the world that has banned the importation of transgenic soybeans for any purpose. The other members of the group are Viet Nam, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Laos.
Read article on the Vietnam News Agency website

September 14, 2009

Big anti-GM protest in Germany
Thousands of protesters took to the streets against GM yesterday (Sunday, Sept. 13), in the southern German town of Ulm (in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg). The protest kicked of with a tractor demonstration involving 120 vehicles. The event was themed "Diversity feeds the world" and included a huge GM-free food festival. The protesters called for a ban of GMOs in farming in Germany, for both cultivation and feed. They argued that the recently found GM-contaminated linseed showed yet again that coexistence is impossible and they demanded from state agriculture minister to support for sustainable GM-free and small-scale agriculture. Furthermore, a new survey was made public, according to which 65% of German citizens, and as much as 70% in Baden-Wurttemberg, are against GM.
Read article at gmwatch.org

September 11, 2009

GM seeds threaten food supply, claim researchers
Modern seed companies are reducing crop diversity – and this could have serious consequences for food supply as the climate heats up, researchers claimed at the World Seed Conference in Rome this week.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

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Other Health-related News

September 14, 2009

On-the-job pesticide exposure associated with Parkinson's disease
Individuals whose occupation involves contact with pesticides appear to have an increased risk of having Parkinson's disease, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Neurology.
Read article at physorg.com

September 10, 2009

Supplement defender Harkin takes US health chair
Long-time friend of the supplements industry Senator Tom Harkin will replace the late Edward Kennedy as head of the US Senate health committee. Iowa Democratic Senator Harkin was yesterday named chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), which is key to the passage of health care reform.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Political News

September 3, 2009

Living with Cheney's poisonous legacy
Nine years on, 'war on terror' policies still haunt the US and its allies. Who will stand up to challenge the ex-VP's recklessness?
The former US vice-president Dick Cheney is almost as busy now as he was when he was running the United States and its wars. Most of his effort, repeated and of course unchallenged on Fox News last Sunday, is devoted to an open and unapologetic defence of torture, aka "enhanced interrogation techniques", which he says have "prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people". He should have said "other people" or "more people", because thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people have indeed died as a result of the full-scale Bush-Cheney wars unleashed in response to the 9/11 atrocities, as if fighting crime with crime, mass murder with mass murder, was the obvious and right thing to do.
Read article 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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