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October 16, 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

October 13, 2009

Antioxidants may protect pilots from DNA damage
Increased intakes of vitamins C and E and other antioxidants from the diet may protect against DNA damage in people exposed to ionizing radiation such as pilots, says a new study. Ionising radiation is radiation from both natural and man-made sources which is energetic enough to create ions from atoms or molecules by removing an electron. At high altitudes, like those achieved by commercial jet airlines, ionising radiation increases because of exposure to significantly higher levels of cosmic radiation than at ground level. According to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), airline flight crew workers are exposed to higher average doses than any other worker, including those in nuclear power plants.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: DNA damage is considered an important trigger in cancer development. Significantly, therefore, and in line with Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki’s research into the benefits of nutrient synergy, the strongest protective effects were observed in airline pilots with above average combined intakes of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lutein-zeaxanthin.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 13, 2009

Glaxo Ordered to Pay $2.5 Million for Paxil Defects
GlaxoSmithKline Plc must pay $2.5 million over claims that its Paxil antidepressant caused birth defects, a Pennsylvania jury concluded in the first of 600 such cases to come to trial. Jurors in state court in Philadelphia deliberated about seven hours over two days before finding Glaxo failed to properly warn doctors and pregnant users of Paxil’s risk. The panel awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages to the family of Lyam Kilker. The 3-year-old was born with heart defects his mother blamed on the drug.
Read article at bloomberg.com

October 13, 2009

Folate-blocking drugs produce birth defects
Drugs that interfere with the action of folic acid can produce a sharp increase in certain birth defects if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, Israeli researchers reported today in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

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GMO News

October 13, 2009

Ireland adopts GM-free zone policy
The Irish Government will ban the cultivation of all GM crops and introduce a voluntary GM-free label for food – including meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy produce made without the use of GM animal feed. The policy was adopted as part of the Renewed Programme for Government agreed between the two coalition partners, the centre-right Fianna Faíl and the Green Party, after the latter voted to support it on Saturday. The agreement specifies that the Government will “Declare the Republic of Ireland a GM-Free Zone, free from the cultivation of all GM plants”. The official text also states “To optimise Ireland’s competitive advantage as a GM-Free country, we will introduce a voluntary GM-Free logo for use in all relevant product labelling and advertising, similar to a scheme recently introduced in Germany.”
Read press release on the GM-free Ireland website (Ireland)

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Other Health-related News

October 9, 2009

Women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels
Women with breast cancer should be given high doses of vitamin D because a majority of them are likely to have low levels of vitamin D, which could contribute to decreased bone mass and greater risk of fractures, according to scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Read article at physorg.com

October 4, 2009

Beekeepers tell pesticide firm to buzz off
One of the world’s biggest pesticide companies, Syngenta, has been accused of a “howling conflict of interest” for funding research into the disappearance of honeybees – a problem which some people claim it may have helped cause. Syngenta, based in Basel, Switzerland, last year clocked up £7.3 billion worth of sales in more than 90 countries. Among the products it markets to farmers are insecticides which have been blamed for harming honeybees. It now also co-funds a £1m project in the UK, announced last week, to research the decline of the bees.
Read article in The Sunday Herald (Scotland/UK)
Comment: Evidence suggests that a group of widely-used nicotine-based insecticides known as neonicotinoids could be inflicting neural damage on bees, and contributing to their demise. Syngenta sells two products containing neonicotinoids, Actara and Cruiser. To protect bee populations, some such insecticides have been banned or restricted in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. But they can still be used in other countries, including the UK and the United States.

September 17, 2009

Zinc Deficiences A Global Concern
Other vitamins and nutrients may get more headlines, but experts say as many as two billion people around the world have diets deficient in zinc – and studies at Oregon State University and elsewhere are raising concerns about the health implications this holds for infectious disease, immune function, DNA damage and cancer. One new study has found DNA damage in humans caused by only minor zinc deficiency.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

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Political News

October 14, 2009

Tony Blair 'misled' country over Iraq war, parents of dead soldiers tell inquiry
Parents of soldiers who died in Iraq have accused Tony Blair of lying to Britain over the decision to invade in 2003 and one said she wanted him indicted as a "war criminal", in an emotional first day of the Iraq Inquiry.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 13, 2009

I will not sign Lisbon Treaty, says Czech President
The President of the Czech Republic has no intention of signing the Lisbon treaty, a move that might allow David Cameron time to hold a British referendum on Europe. President Klaus, the fiercely Eurosceptic Czech leader, is the last obstacle for the agreement after its ratification in the other 26 EU states but he has told supporters that he will never sign, The Times has learnt. Asked during a walkabout on Sunday not to put his name to the treaty, Mr Klaus replied: “Don’t worry, I won’t.”
Read article in The Times (UK)

October 12, 2009

Opposition mounts to Blair EU presidency
Some of the most virulent opposition to Tony Blair getting the new top job in the EU, the council presidency, is coming from the ranks of his own Socialists – and not just in Britain, but all over Europe.
Read article at theparliament.com

October 6, 2009

The demise of the dollar
In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading
In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar. Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars. The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices, but it also augurs an extraordinary transition from dollar markets within nine years.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

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