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November 20, 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 16, 2009

Vitamin D cuts risk of cardiovascular disease
A new study suggests maintaining high levels of vitamin D in the blood help reduce risk of stroke, heart disease and death significantly even in healthy people who never have heart disease. People with very low levels of vitamin D were 77 percent more likely to die, 45 percent more likely to suffer coronary artery disease and 78 percent were more likely to have a stroke than those with normal levels of the sunshine vitamin, the study found. Patients with very low levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to suffer heart failure than those who had normal vitamin D levels.
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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 16, 2009

Genentech Puts Words In The Mouths Of Politicians
If some Congressional statements about health care from Republicans and Democrats sounded similar, there was a good reason. Remarks by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, The New York Times reports. E-mail messages obtained by the paper show that lobbyists drafted one statement for Democrats and another for Republicans. And the lobbyists, which were employed by Genentech and two Washington law firms, succeeded in getting the statements printed in the Congressional Record under the names of different members of Congress. Genentech, which is now owned entirely by Roche, tells the paper that 42 House members picked up some of its verbiage — 22 Republicans and 20 Democrats, to be exact.
Read article at pharmalot.com

November 15, 2009

British thalidomide victims may get funds
British victims of thalidomide, an anti-morning sickness drug, may soon receive an average of $30,000 from the government, the health minister said. The government is still considering its settlement for the 460 remaining victims whose mothers took the drug in the 1950s and 1960s, which would include a public apology for its role in authorizing the drug, the Times of London reported Sunday. The persons affected by the drug were born with brain damage or deformed arms and legs and are now facing mounting medical and living costs as they age and they must cope with the unnatural stresses on their bodies, the newspaper reported.
Read news report on the United Press International (UPI) website

November 15, 2009

Drug Makers Raise Prices in Face of Health Care Reform
Even as drug makers promise to support Washington’s health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation’s drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years. In the last year, the industry has raised the wholesale prices of brand-name prescription drugs by about 9 percent, according to industry analysts. That will add more than $10 billion to the nation’s drug bill, which is on track to exceed $300 billion this year. By at least one analysis, it is the highest annual rate of inflation for drug prices since 1992.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

November 12, 2009

Dementia drug use 'killing many'
Needless use of anti-psychotic drugs is widespread in dementia care and contributes to the death of many patients, an official review suggests.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

November 11, 2009

Review: Reports on Pfizer drug studies misleading
Analysis of a dozen published studies testing possible new uses for a Pfizer Inc. epilepsy drug found that reporting of the results was often fudged, indicating the medicine worked better than internal company documents showed. According to the report, when a company-funded study's primary finding wasn't favorable, that result was usually buried and something else positive was highlighted, without disclosing the switch.
Read article at physorg.com

November 7, 2009

Many Italian physicians reject swine flu vaccine
Italian family physicians refuse to prescribe the A/H1N1 vaccine for their patients, claiming that the risks of the vaccine outweigh its benefits. Latest figures revealed that swine flu has infected more than 540,000 individuals, claiming the lives of 30 in Italy. The country has ordered some 48 million doses of the A/H1N1 vaccine, enough to immunize 24 million of its population, and plans to start a mass vaccination program in the coming weeks. Italian media outlets have, however, claimed that many of these vaccines would be useless as the majority of Italians including the Deputy Health Minister Ferruccio Fazio and the Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno have decided against vaccination. According to a recent survey conducted, six out of every ten Italian family physicians do not prescribe the A/H1N1 vaccine for their patients particularly those with heart diseases.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

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Other Health-related News

November 17, 2009

Genetic link to vitamin A deficiency
Almost half of UK women may be lacking an important source of vitamin A due to a previously undiscovered genetic variation, scientists at Newcastle University have found. The team, led by Dr Georg Lietz, has shown that almost 50 per cent of women have a genetic variation which reduces their ability to produce sufficient amounts of vitamin A from beta-carotene.
Read article at physorg.com

November 16, 2009

Heart patients lacking vitamin D more likely to be depressed
People with heart disease and similar conditions who don't have enough vitamin D are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts with adequate levels of the "sunshine vitamin," according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando. This link seems to be even stronger in the winter.
Read article at cnn.com

November 12, 2009

Food supplement ban in 2010 may contravene EU law
The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) has informed the UK’s food regulator, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), that the proposed ban on particular vitamin and mineral food supplements from 1 January 2010 flies in the face of the European Court of Justice ruling on the ANH’s case in 2005. In a recent consultation, the ANH, an international campaign organisation representing sectors of the natural products trade, practitioners and consumers, has raised major concerns over the FSA’s proposed approach to ‘rubber stamping’ the European Commission’s proposed draft Regulation on food supplements. The natural products industry in the UK, as well as in other EU Member States, has been asked to approve changes even before the draft Regulation amending the EU Food Supplements Directive of 2002 has been ratified in Europe. The reason given for the rush is the desire to stick to the date given in the 2002 Directive, which states that the derogation phase expires on 31 December 2009. This means that any vitamin or mineral forms not complying with the new list of approved forms, as given in the draft Regulation as proposed by the European Commission, will be banned as of 1 January 2010. The draft Regulation adds just 69 additional vitamin and mineral forms to the previous list of 112 forms. All other vitamin and minerals forms will be banned, this affecting hundreds of products that have been selling freely, under the derogation, in more liberal Member States such as the UK.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) website (UK)

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Political News

November 15, 2009

Big rise in birth defects may be linked to war
BIRTH defects in Falluja have increased to 15 times the normal rate, in a spike that may be linked to the Iraq War. Early-life cancers have also risen, possibly in connection with toxic materials left over from battles. Detailed clinical records of all newborns are being compiled after the extraordinary rise was spotted. Defects include a baby born with two heads and babies with multiple tumours or nervous system problems. Neurologists and obstetricians in the city say the rise is unprecedented. Iraqi and British officials have petitioned the United Nations to ask for an independent investigation and for help to clean up toxic materials.
Read article on the Scotland on Sunday website (Scotland/UK)

November 12, 2009

British ex-PM Blair faces Iraq inquiry next year
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will face questioning next year about Britain's entry into the Iraq war from a committee which has heard the decision was illegal and based on deception, its chairman said on Friday. The order to send 45,000 British troops to take part in the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein has always been controversial and led to massive anti-war protests in London. During meetings with the inquiry committee held before the formal hearings begin, relatives of British soldiers killed during the conflict accused Blair of taking Britain into an illegal war and deceiving the public.
Read news report at reuters.com

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