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November 13, 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 5, 2009

Green tea shows promise as chemoprevention agent for oral cancer, study finds
Green tea extract has shown promise as cancer prevention agent for oral cancer in patients with a pre-malignant condition known as oral leukoplakia, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The study, published online in Cancer Prevention Research, is the first to examine green tea as a chemopreventative agent in this high-risk patient population. The researchers found that more than half of the oral leukoplakia patients who took the extract had a clinical response.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 10, 2009

Drugs to treat anemia in cancer patients linked to thromboembolism
Medications frequently given to cancer patients to reduce their risk of anemia are associated with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, according to new research led by Dawn Hershman, M.D, M.S., co-director of the breast cancer program at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The findings will be published online on Nov. 10, 2009 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (ahead of the Dec. 2, 2009 print edition).
Read article at physorg.com

November 5, 2009

Pfizer Must Pay $75M In Damages Over Prempro
The punitive damages will go to an Illinois woman, Connie Barton, who developed cancer after taking Prempro, Bloomberg reports, although the amount was sealed last week by a Pennsyvlania state court judge until another trial begins. A jury also awarded her $3.7 million in compensatory damages after finding the conduct of Pfizer’s Wyeth was “willful and wanton” in marketing and selling the drug.
Read article at pharmalot.com

November 4, 2009

Most Academic Researchers Have Industry Ties
The ongoing controversy over conflicts of interest among academic researchers with ties to drug or device makers prompted a little more research. And the results? A mailed survey of 3,080 academic life science researchers at 50 universities in 2007 found that 52.8 percent have some form of relationship with industry within the previous three years, according to Health Affairs. More specifically, 31.8 percent reported serving as consultants; 23.8 percent were paid speakers; 20.1 percent received research funding from industry as a principal investigator, and 17.7 percent were members of scientific advisory boards.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

November 9, 2009

Monsanto pulls GM corn amid serious food safety concerns
Applicant's dossiers contained wide-ranging fraudulent research
For the first time, a GM multinational has pulled two GM corn varieties from the regulatory and assessment process at the eleventh hour, after planning for a future income of several billion dollars per year from global sales. Monsanto has abandoned its ambitious plans for a so-called "second generation GM crop" rather than accede to a request from European regulators for additional research and safety data. Under conditions of great secrecy, Monsanto has informed EFSA that it no longer wishes to pursue its application for approval of GM maize LY038 and the stacked variety LY038 x MON810. Both of these varieties were designed to accelerate the growth rate of animals. Two letters were sent to EFSA from the Monsanto subsidiary company Renessen at the end of April this year confirming the withdrawal of its applications originally submitted in 2005 and 2006. The letters cite "decreased commercial value worldwide" and state that the high-lysene varieties "will no longer be a part of the Renessen business strategy in the near future." There has been no announcement of these decisions on the Monsanto web site, and there are no mentions on EFSA or European Commission web sites either. In other words, there is a conspiracy of silence involving both the applicants and the regulators.
Read press notice at gmfreecymru.org (Wales/UK)

November 5, 2009

GMOs causing 'genetic pollution', parliament conference told
A conference in parliament has heard that "genetic pollution" is being "imposed" on the public via GMO products. French ALDE deputy Corinne Lepage told the hearing on Thursday that any supposed advantages of GMO products were "hugely outweighed" by the disadvantages. Lepage, vice-chair of the environment committee, said, "We in Europe are very fortunate that we have very few GMO products, particularly compared with the United States. "However, we must continue to make every effort to press for GMO-free agriculture."
Read article at theparliament.com

October 19, 2009

EU farm ministers refuse to okay new GM maize strains
European Union farm ministers refused to give their seal of approval on Monday to plans to allow the import of genetically-modified maize from US growers, diplomats said.
Read AFP news report at google.com

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Other Health-related News

November 9, 2009

Life in a European health claims wasteland
Ka-CHING! Hear that? No it’s not the sound of overflowing cash registers as consumers throw endless wads of euros at scientifically-backed, healthy foods in greater numbers than ever before. Rather, it’s the metallic snap of padlocks chaining the doors of food research laboratories across western Europe. No need for them any more. Maybe they can be sold to the pharma industry – they may well need them as there’ll probably be a huge increase in demand for drugs now that a vast majority of nutrient and health relationships have turned out to be bogus. Zut! Say what you like about the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific methods – misguided, methodical, harsh, not-harsh-enough, unfathomable – but their effects are being felt right here, right now in the EU’s 27-member states. And that means reduced spending on supposedly healthy foods. Not to mention drastically reduced innovation.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

November 9, 2009

Stop selling out science to commerce
Do commercial pressures have a negative impact on science? This debate has been raging for so long that it usually raises little more than a shrug of indifference. That is no longer a defensible response. A new report from our organisation, Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), exposes problems so serious that we can no longer afford to be indifferent to them.
Read article at newscientist.com

November 7, 2009

Chemicals in Our Food, and Bodies
Your body is probably home to a chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA. It’s a synthetic estrogen that United States factories now use in everything from plastics to epoxies — to the tune of six pounds per American per year. That’s a lot of estrogen. More than 92 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine, and scientists have linked it — though not conclusively — to everything from breast cancer to obesity, from attention deficit disorder to genital abnormalities in boys and girls alike. Now it turns out it’s in our food.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

November 6, 2009

Anti-Supplement NRV Document Held Back Because of NHF
This week of November 2-6, 2009, the 31st Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) met in Dusseldorf, Germany to continue its work in developing standards for global nutrition. The CCNFSDU was all prepared to rubber-stamp its approval on the “Proposed Draft Additional or Revised Nutrient Reference Values for Labelling Purposes in the Codex Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling,” which had been pushed by the delegation of the Republic of Korea and others. Over a one-hour period, the NHF took the floor repeatedly to lambast the document and to insist that its adoption would be a public-relations nightmare and make Codex the laughingstock of the World. If anything, NHF said, these numbers must be drastically raised. But for the National Health Federation, India, and also Costa Rica and Iraq, this document would have advanced towards a more final, fixed form.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

November 6, 2009

Threat of EU health claims legal challenge grows
Three of Europe’s largest food supplement and healthy product trade groups have issued a 17-page paper that lays out its many concerns with the scientific approach being taken by EFSA in regard to health claims. While not explicit in the document itself, industry sources have told NutraIngredients that if their concerns are not addressed by the European Commission and EU member states, as well as EFSA, legal teams are preparing for the possibility of challenging the controversial regulation in EU courts.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

November 2, 2009

Depression link to processed food
Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests. What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish actually had a lower risk of depression, the University College London team found.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

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Political News

November 10, 2009

First Obama envoy to visit North Korea
WASHINGTON — The new US administration will send its first mission to North Korea to jumpstart denuclearization talks, officials confirmed Tuesday, saying the visit was likely before year end. "After careful consideration and extensive consultation among our allies and partners, we have told North Korea that we are prepared for Ambassador Bosworth and a small interagency team to visit Pyongyang at an appropriate time not yet determined," State Department spokesman P.J Crowley said. North Korea has invited special envoy Stephen Bosworth to visit for talks to end what it calls Washington's "hostile" policy toward the communist state.
Read AFP news report at google.com

October 15, 2009

MEPs call for compulsory 'EU lessons' in schools
MEPs are calling for school pupils to be forced to take European Union lessons to counter "lies" about Brussels. Leaders of the centre-right EPP grouping in the European Parliament say there should be compulsory classes for 14-year-olds in all member states. The calls are being led by Mario David, a Portuguese MEP who was chief of staff to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso when he was the country's prime minister.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Without doubt, the compulsory ‘EU lessons’ envisaged by Mario David and his colleagues would not result in school pupils being taught the real facts about the EU.

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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