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November 9, 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

November 3, 2009

Walnut-rich diet may boost diabetic heart health
Daily consumption of walnuts, rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, may improve the health of blood vessels, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease, says a new study from Yale. Supplementing the diet of middle aged diabetics with 56 grams of walnuts led to significant improvements in the function of the blood vessel lining (endothelium), and there was also a trend towards improved cholesterol levels, according to findings published in Diabetes Care.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

November 2, 2009

Vitamin D may slow kidney disease
Low levels of vitamin D may account for nearly 60 percent of the elevated risk of end-stage renal disease in African Americans, U.S. researchers said.
Read article on the United Press International (UPI) website
Comment: Study participants with the lowest levels of 25(OH)D, a vitamin D metabolite, were 2.6 times as likely to end up on dialysis compared to those with higher levels.

October 28, 2009

Mortality rates reduced among children whose mothers received iron-folic acid supplements
Offspring whose mothers had been supplemented with iron-folic acid during pregnancy had dramatically reduced mortality through age 7, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Read article at physorg.com

October 28, 2009

Mum’s veggie-rich diet may protect baby from diabetes
Mothers-to-be should eat a vegetable-rich diet in order to protect their babies from type 1 diabetes, according to results of a new Swedish study. Mothers who ate vegetables only three to fives times per week increased the risk of type 1 diabetes in their children by 70 per cent, compared to women who consumed vegetables daily during pregnancy, according to findings published in Pediatric Diabetes.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 3, 2009

Patents On Genes Can Be Challenged, Court Rules
A federal district court ruled today that patients and scientists can challenge patents on human genes in court. And the move allows a lawsuit challenging patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer to move forward, according to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), which filed the suit. In a statement, the groups say the filed their suit because the patents are “illegal and restrict both scientific research and patients’ access to medical care.” They also charge that patents on human genes violate the First Amendment and patent law because genes are “products of nature.” “We hope this challenge is the beginning of the end to patents on genes, which limit scientific research, learning and the free flow of information,” Chris Hansen, a staff attorney with the ACLU First Amendment Working Group, says in the statement. “No one should be able to patent a part of the human body.”
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: Currently, there is global competition between multinational companies to patent the genes of human beings and other living creatures. The aim is to subsume ‘life’ into the private property of these company groups. If these monstrous plans are not halted, then in the near future the big pharmaceutical companies will appropriate the organs of the human body as their ‘possessions’.

November 1, 2009

Poll finds Swiss reluctant over swine flu jab
Most Swiss do not want to be inoculated against the swine flu virus, despite the government's recommendations, a survey has revealed. The poll in the SonntagsBlick newspaper published on Sunday showed that 86.4 per cent of those asked were against having a preventative jab.
Read article on the news and information website of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) at swissinfo.ch (Switzerland)

October 31, 2009

Study cites concerns over Amgen drugs
A new study raises fresh safety concerns about widely used anemia medicines, finding that the drug Aranesp nearly doubled the risk of stroke in people with diabetes and chronic kidney problems who are not yet sick enough to need dialysis.
Read article in the Ventura County Star (USA)

October 30, 2009

15 States Sue Amgen Over Alleged Kickback Plot
The New York Attorney General’s office announced Friday that New York and 14 other states will sue biotech giant Amgen Inc for allegedly rewarding medical providers with kickbacks if they helped to boost sales of anemia drug Aranesp.
Read article at foxbusiness.com (USA)

October 29, 2009

Pregnant women risk early delivery from using psychiatric medication
Women with a history of depression who used psychiatric medicine during pregnancy have triple the odds of delivering a premature baby. The odds triple for premature child delivery pregnant women with a history of depression who used psychiatric medication, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Washington, University of Michigan and Michigan State University found that a combination of medication use and depression -- either before or during pregnancy -- was strongly linked to delivery before 35 weeks' gestation.
Read article at physorg.com

October 29, 2009

Tysabri Is Now Linked To Four Deaths: EMEA
The patients died of a deadly brain infection known as PML, and 24 cases of the disease have been diagnosed since Tysabri was reintroduced to the market in 2006, the European Medicines Agency told Bloomberg News.
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 27, 2009

Compromised Care: Psychotropic drugs given to nursing home patients without cause
Frail and vulnerable residents of nursing homes throughout Illinois are being dosed with powerful psychotropic drugs, leading to tremors, dangerous lethargy and a higher risk of harmful falls or even death, a Tribune investigation has found. Thousands of elderly and disabled people have been affected, many of them drugged without their consent or without a legitimate psychiatric diagnosis that would justify treatment, state and federal inspection reports show.
Read article in the Chicago Tribune (USA)

October 27, 2009

Hefty Side Effect For Kids On Antipsychotics
Study finds troubling weight gains in children taking brand-name psychiatric drugs.
A new study is likely to add to the furious debate over the rapid rise in the prescription of heavy-duty antipsychotic drugs to children. It found that kids' weight balloons by 10 to 19 pounds in just the first three months on the drugs, often leading to worrisome elevations of cholesterol, triglycerides and other metabolic parameters.
Read article at forbes.com
Comment: The causing of significant weight increases in children is by no means the only side effect associated with antipsychotics. In older patients with diabetes, for example, the drugs are known to be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization for hyperglycemia, whilst giving them to Alzheimer's patients in care homes has been shown to double their chances of dying.

October 25, 2009

Gardasil Researcher Drops A Bombshell
Dr. Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of two human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, said the controversial drugs will do little to reduce cervical cancer rates and, even though they’re being recommended for girls as young as nine, there have been no efficacy trials in children under the age of 15. Dr. Harper, director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri, made these remarks during an address at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2-4. Although her talk was intended to promote the vaccine, participants said they came away convinced the vaccine should not be received.
Read article in The Bulletin (Philadelphia/USA)

October 25, 2009

More than half of Chinese 'don't want swine flu shot'
BEIJING — More than half of all Chinese do not plan to be vaccinated against swine flu because they are unsure about the safety of the shot, according to a survey by state media published Monday.
Read AFP news report at google.com

October 16, 2009

The Pandemic Is Political
Swine flu and the World Health Organization's agenda.
As evidence continues to mount that swine flu is more of a piglet than a raging razorback, why isn't curiosity mounting as to why the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic? And definitions aside, why does the agency continue to insist we're going to get hammered? The answers have far less to do with world health than with redistribution of world wealth.
Read article at forbes.com

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GMO News

November 3, 2009

EU GMO-labelling laws judged insufficient
France is poised to become the latest in a growing trend of European countries to introduce GMO-free labels for food in a bid to counter weaker EU standards and to compensate for a loophole in European labelling laws. Currently, EU labelling laws mean meat, dairy and eggs from animals fed with genetically modified animal feed do not have to be labelled.
Read article on the Friends of the Earth Europe website

October 24, 2009

GM crops no panacea for food security: US scientist
Senior US scientist Dr Michael Hansen has said genetically modified crops are not the panacea for food security. Rather, the answer to food security lies with small-scale, ecologically rational, sustainable agriculture that focuses on local food systems. “If you look carefully at global data, the most engineered crop is soybean. Ninety per cent of US acreage, 98 per cent of Argentina acreage and 60 per cent of Brazil are engineered,” he said. “Scientific data show that on an average Roundup soybean has 10 per cent lower yield than non-engineered soybean. So if you want to feed more people, genetically-engineered soybean will not be the answer,” he said.
Read article at thenews.com.pk (Pakistan)

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Other Health-related News

November 3, 2009

Low vitamin D again linked to higher mortality
Low blood levels of vitamin D have again been linked to lower survival in the elderly – a study which strengthens calls to confirm if vitamin D supplements could offer protection. Writing in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, scientists from the Netherlands, Austria, and the US report that low blood levels of the sunshine vitamin are associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality, and mortality from heart disease.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

November 1, 2009

Codex meeting in Germany begins amid disputes over nutrient reference values for consumers around the world
The US-based National Health Federation (NHF), the World’s oldest international health-freedom organization, yesterday began a week of meetings at the 31st session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) in Dusseldorf, Germany. Expected to be attended by hundreds of delegates, observers, and advisors, representing numerous member countries and international organizations, the Committee, sponsored by the Food & Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization, and hosted by the German government, is part of the World’s highest international body setting global standards and guidelines on nutrition. The regular session of CCNFSDU begins on Monday morning, November 2nd; however, the Physical Working Group on the Development of NRVs Associated with Increased or Decreased Risk of Non-Communicable Diseases (an offspring of CCNSFDU) held its one-day session on Saturday, October 31st, with the NHF’s president Scott Tips in attendance.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

October 31, 2009

FDA urged to ban feeding of chicken feces to cattle
Food and consumer groups say the practice increases the risk of cattle becoming infected with mad cow disease.
A fight is brewing over the practice of feeding chicken feces and other poultry farm waste to cattle. A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

October 29, 2009

Waiting game continues in high dose supplement battle
A further delay in the publication of the EU draft amendment of the maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for nutrients in food supplements leaves the UK and other member states' high dose supplements industry with still all to play for. The figures on dose levels under the EU Food Supplements Directive were expected this month from the Commission but UK industry group, the Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA), said that, based on information they had received, the limits would be set in January of next year.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 29, 2009

EU doctors back elderly vitamin D fortification
A coalition of European doctors has recommended vitamin D be given to over-75s at 600-800IU per day, after meeting in England over the weekend. The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) said vitamin D deficiency was a “huge problem” that affected 50 per cent of Europeans, and so fortification measures were necessary. “CPME calls on the EU Institutions to include vitamin D deficiency in the health agenda,” it said. “Several possible strategies exist to improve the vitamin D status in the major target groups but in some cases, vitamin D supplements or enriched food products are the only viable option. There is evidence that Vitamin D supplementation (600-800 IU D3) and a good calcium intake (about or above 1 g/d) would significantly reduce the risk of fractures and falls.” They agreed a statement that read: "Vitamin D supplementation (600-800 IU D3) plus calcium should be considered for elderly people (older than 75 years) with an increased fracture and/or fall risk, in particular people living in nursing homes."
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 28, 2009

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity problems associated with low folate levels in pregnant women
It has long been suggested that healthy folate (the natural form of folic acid) levels in expectant mothers goes hand in hand with healthy nervous system development in their children. A study published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that low maternal folate levels is linked to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity problems in children at age seven to nine years.
Read article at physorg.com

October 19, 2009

Health claim rules gag freedom of speech, says EU lobby group
Pan-European better nutrition advocate, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), says the European Union health claims system is going way beyond its remit to protect consumer interests and is curtailing freedom of speech. The ANH statement comes soon after the October 1 publication of about 500 health claim opinions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which stunned industry with a 70 per cent failure rate. Not a single botanical or probiotic claim drew a positive opinion, a situation that has industry groups reeling, so much so that none of the major bodies has yet produced an official response while they process the fall-out.
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Political News

November 3, 2009

Czech president signs Lisbon treaty
Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed the Lisbon treaty Tuesday, meaning the agreement can come into force as the European Union's governing framework. Klaus was an opponent of the treaty until the end, Financial Times reported, only signing the document hours after the Czech constitutional court ruled the agreement did not violate the country's Constitution.
Read article on the United Press International (UPI) website

October 26, 2009

Lisbon Treaty will usher in 'European surveillance state'
The Lisbon Treaty of the European Union will hasten the creation of a “European surveillance state”, a think-tank has claimed. Open Europe, which opposes greater European integration, said that the ratification of the controversial treaty will see powers over home affairs and justice policy “almost totally shifted to the EU level.” That will allow the creation of new EU-wide systems to monitor citizens’ private lives and movements, the think-tank said.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 5, 2009

Europe’s plot to take over the world
Fortified by its new foreign-policy structures, the Union is staking a claim to be taken seriously as a global superpower. David Miliband, Britain’s foreign secretary, says: “It shouldn’t be a G2 of the US and China. There should be a G3 with the European Union.” But what happens in Brussels – or even in trilateral dealings between the US, China and Europe – is a sideshow. The real key to Europe’s global ambitions is the Group of 20. Jean Monnet, the founding father of the EU, believed that European unity was “not an end in itself, but only a stage on the way to the organised world of tomorrow”. His successors in Brussels make no secret of the fact that they regard the Union’s brand of supranational governance as a global model.
Read article in the Financial Times (UK)

October 25, 2009

Asean working on EU-style bloc
Leaders of East Asian countries have laid the groundwork for a European Union-style bloc that will cover half the world's population, analysts and officials say. Discussions on the grand project began on Saturday during the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit, which opened at the Thai beach resort of Hua Hin on Friday. Rodolfo Severino, Asean's former secretary-general, told the AFP news agency: "It is coming together." The proposal for the so-called East Asian Community project was mooted by Yukio Hatoyama, the Japanese prime minister, to fellow leaders at the summit, saying the region should aspire to "lead the world".
Read article at aljazeera.net
Comment: Informed citizens of East Asia who are aware of the facts about the European Union may well be deeply concerned that their leaders are modelling this project upon it.

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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