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October 2, 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 28, 2009

Folic acid may also boost baby’s behaviour
Recommendations to increase folic acid intakes during the early stages of pregnancy may reduce mental and emotional health problems in children, says a new study. Dutch researchers report that the children of mothers who took folic acid supplements during pregnancy were better at internalising and externalising problems, compared to the children of mothers who did not take supplements, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The research adds to the mother and child benefits of folic acid, in addition to the established link at reducing the incidence of neural tube defects (NTDs).
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 28, 2009

Vitamin D and Calcium Act Jointly to Prevent Cancer
An article published in the Sept 2009 issue of Anticancer Research suggests that vitamin D supplements may better be used together with calcium supplements to prevent cancer. Low, insufficient or deficient vitamin D is now considered as a risk factor by many researchers for various types of cancer. For example, scientists suggest that maintaining high levels of vitamin D can reduce risk of breast cancer by up to 70 percent.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

September 22, 2009

Vitamin B-6 Could Help Men Survive Prostate Cancer
Taking a daily dose of Vitamin B-6 could improve a man's chance of surviving prostate cancer. A new study says men with early-stage prostate cancer who took high doses of the vitamin only had a five percent risk of dying than their counter-parts who took low doses or none at all.
Read article at KAUZ.com (Texas/USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

September 28, 2009

14-year-old dies after being given cervical cancer jab
A 14-year-old schoolgirl has died shortly after being given the new cervical cancer vaccine. The teenager was one of four classmates who suffered side-effects at a school in Coventry after receiving the jab as part of the national immunisation programme.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

September 25, 2009

Anti-depressants 'can increase risk of heart defect'
Taking commonly used antidepressants while pregnant can increase the chance of the child suffering a heart defect up to fourfold, a new study shows. Babies were around 80 per cent more likely to be born with a problem in their septum, the wall dividing the left and right sides of the heart, if their mother took the medication in the first three months of her pregnancy. However, taking two or more different kinds of the drugs in the first trimester was linked to a fourfold increase. The drugs, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are commonly prescribed for depression and include well-known medication such as Prozac.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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GMO News

September 23, 2009

Court rejects genetically modified sugar beets
The government illegally approved a genetically modified, herbicide-resistant strain of sugar beets without adequately considering the chance they will contaminate other beet crops, a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White rejected the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision in 2005 to allow Monsanto Co. to sell the sugar beets, known as "Roundup-Ready" because they are engineered to coexist with Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.
Read article in the San Francisco Chronicle (USA)

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Other Health-related News

September 30, 2009

New film blames drug firm for plight of honey bees
It's a question that has baffled the worlds of agriculture and science – what is it that has caused the mysterious deaths of honey bees all over the world in the last five years? A new film may have the answer. Vanishing of the Bees, which will be released in Britain next month, claims the cause is the use of a new generation of pesticides that weakens the bees and makes them more susceptible to other diseases. Narrated by the British actress Emilia Fox, the 90-minute film tells the story of what has become known as colony collapse disorder. The problem first appeared in America in the winter of 2004, when many beekeepers across the country found that their bees had suddenly vanished, leaving behind empty hives. Since then scientists have failed to find a single cause for it. The film goes on to suggest that neonicotinoid pesticides, some of them made by Bayer, one of the world's biggest chemical companies, may be behind the disappearances.
Read article in the Independent (UK)

September 25, 2009

Low vitamin D levels again linked to higher death risk
Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of dying from all causes by 150 per cent, suggests a study with over 700 elderly women. Women with blood levels of the vitamin lower than 15.3 nanograms per millilitre were more likely to die from causes such as heart disease and cancer, than women with higher levels (above 27 ng/ml), according to findings published in Nutrition Research.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

September 24, 2009

Vitamin D deficiency in younger women increases risk of high blood pressure
Vitamin D deficiency in premenopausal women may increase the risk of developing systolic hypertension 15 years later, according to research reported at the American Heart Association's 63rd High Blood Pressure Research Conference.
Read article at physorg.com

September 24, 2009

Doctors debate vitamin D levels
The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) is preparing a vitamin D policy paper it hopes can influence European national associations considering vitamin D medical recommendations. European Union vitamin D level and recommendations typically vary between five and 15mg per day, depending on lifestage, but there is a need for work in this area, and studies indicate deficiencies are widespread.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 24, 2009

Low vitamin D may be deadly for older adults
Low levels of vitamin D appear to increase the risk of death in older adults, researchers report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Skin produces vitamin D when directly exposed to the sun. But older people, particularly those living in northern regions, rarely obtain sufficient sun exposure for adequate vitamin D production and need supplements to achieve healthy vitamin D levels. Increasingly, evidence points to health risks from inadequate vitamin D.
Read news report at reuters.com

September 23, 2009

Phys Ed: Can Vitamin D Improve Your Athletic Performance?
When scientists at the Australian Institute of Sport recently decided to check the Vitamin D status of some of that country’s elite female gymnasts, their findings were fairly alarming. Of the 18 gymnasts tested, 15 had levels that were “below current recommended guidelines for optimal bone health,” the study’s authors report. Six of these had Vitamin D levels that would qualify as medically deficient.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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Political News

September 27, 2009

The Truth About The Irish Economy
A No vote on the Lisbon Treaty will not harm the Republic.
The Mad Hatter told Alice that "words mean what you want them to mean." He would have been at home in the European Union, where "no" means "yes" and political propaganda is passed off as information.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)
Comment: To learn the facts about the European Union and its dark history, click here. For further information on the Lisbon Treaty, click here.

September 28, 2009

International Alliance of Non-Governmental Organizations and Independent Political Parties urges Irish voters to say "No" to Lisbon Treaty
The European Referendum Initiative, an international alliance of non-governmental organizations and independent political parties with supporters in all 27 European Union countries, is urging Irish voters to vote "No" in Ireland's upcoming second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Expressing its deep concern that the passing of the treaty would lead to the takeover of the economic, social and even private lives of the European people by corporate interests, it says that by voting “No” to the treaty the Irish people would be representing the hopes of all Europeans for a democratic future.
Read press release at eu-referendum.org

September 29, 2009

New Czech move to block EU treaty
Czech senators opposed to the EU's Lisbon Treaty have filed a new complaint against it with the country's constitutional court. The complaint could create a new delay to treaty ratification, even if Irish voters back the treaty in a referendum on Friday. Czech President Vaclav Klaus, a Eurosceptic, says he will not sign the treaty until the court decides. The treaty cannot take effect unless all 27 EU member states back it.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: A further welcome threat to the undemocratic Lisbon Treaty would emerge if it is not ratified prior to the UK general election, expected next April or May. The British Conservative Party are currently favourites to win power and have pledged to put the treaty to a UK referendum if it is not yet in force.

September 29, 2009

US, Cuba held unannounced talks
A senior American diplomat has held unannounced, high-level talks in Havana with the Cuban government, three State Department officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday, raising hopes for a thaw in long-icy relations. The talks were the first of their kind in years between representatives of the U.S. and Cuban governments, the bitter Cold War rivals among whom trust appears to be gradually building.
Read Associated Press news report at google.com

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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