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December 11, 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

December 8, 2009

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce risk of colon cancer
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, primarily found in fish and seafood, may have a role in colorectal cancer prevention, according to results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held Dec. 6-9, 2009, in Houston.
Read article at physorg.com

December 8, 2009

Exercise reduces death rate in prostate cancer patients
As little as 15 minutes of exercise a day can reduce overall mortality rates in patients with prostate cancer, according to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held here, Dec. 6-9, 2009.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Men who engaged in three or more hours of Metabolic Equivalent Tasks (MET) a week — equivalent to jogging, biking, swimming or playing tennis for about a half-hour per week — had a 35 percent lower risk of overall mortality.

December 7, 2009

Antioxidant Compound Reduced Incidence of Colorectal Metachronous Adenomas
Supplementation with a selenium-based antioxidant compound decreased the risk of developing new polyps of the large bowel -- called colorectal metachronous adenomas -- in people who previously had colorectal polyps removed.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

December 7, 2009

Vitamin D May Boost Lymphoma Survival
Study Shows Low Vitamin D Levels Boost Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Healthy levels of vitamin D may help patients with a certain type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma live longer. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and low vitamin D levels are two times more likely to die from the cancer than patients with optimal levels. Deficient vitamin D levels also increased the chances of cancer progression.
Read article at webmd.com

December 3, 2009

Pine bark extract may boost diabetic eye health
Supplements of French maritime pine bark extract may improve the flow of blood in the tiny blood vessels of the retina, and enhance sight in diabetics with early stage eye problems, says a new study. Visual acuity, or the clearness of vision, was found to improve from 14/20 to 17/20 in people with early stage retina damage associated with diabetes (diabetic retinopathy) following daily supplements of the pine bark extract, Pycnogenol, for two months.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

December 3, 2009

Maternal folic acid may slash heart problems in children
Folic acid supplements during pregnancy may not only reduce the risk of birth defects but also protect the children from congenital heart defects, says a new study from the Netherlands. Children of women who took at least 400 micrograms per day during pregnancy were about 20 per cent less likely to develop congenital heart defects (CHDs), compared to children of women who did not take additional folic acid, according to findings published this week in the European Heart Journal.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

December 2, 2009

Calcium and vit D show promise for colorectal health
Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may promote the health of the cells in the colon and rectum, offering potential protection from tumour development, says a new study. The mineral-vitamin combination was found to normalise the health of cells in the colon and rectum, according to findings published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

December 4, 2009

Yale Issues Faculty Reminder About Ghostwriting
The ghostwriting controversy that has embroiled drugmakers (see here and here) is threatening to engulf universities, some of which are already under the microscope for failing to manage conflicts of interest involving academic researcheres. Now Yale University’s School of Medicine is issuing a reminder to its faculty to avoid the practice. The step comes shortly after the Senate Finance Committee, which has spearheaded numerous investigations into the drug and device industries, wrote 10 top medical schools to ask what they’re doing about the issue.
Read article at pharmalot.com

December 4, 2009

Depacon, Depakote Pregnancy Warning Updated Regarding Birth Defect Risk
The FDA is updating the warning for the antimigraine and antiepileptic drug valproate sodium and related drugs, which include Depacon, Depakote, Depakene and Stavzor. Use during pregnancy can cause neural tube defects and other major birth defects. The agency released information for healthcare professionals on December 3, alerting them that women of childbearing age should be informed that the use of these drugs could cause a wide variety of birth defects.
Read article at aboutlawsuits.com (USA)

December 3, 2009

Canada’s Medical Assn Chided For Pfizer CME Funds
The Canadian Medical Association is being criticized for agreeing to accept $78,000 in funding from Pfizer’s Canadian subsidiary to create continuing medical education programs.
Read article at pharmalot.com

December 3, 2009

FDA Urged To Ban Abbott’s Meridia Diet Pill
Public Citizen has written the agency to urge an outright ban, citing preliminary results from the 10,000-patient SCOUT study called that showed a slightly higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death in patients taking Meridia compared with a placebo.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

December 7, 2009

TAKE ACTION: Poland under threat
The Polish parliament has chosen December 15th 2009 for a debate and vote on the new 'GMO Act' that, if passed, will open the door for planting GM crops on Polish soil, based on EU standards that authorise co-existence between GM and non GM crops on a commercial scale.
Read action letter from the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) at gmwatch.org

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Other Health-related News

December 4, 2009

UK high dose supplement campaign seeks PM intervention
The campaign to ensure higher potency food supplements can remain on the UK market is stepping up a gear with a motion tabled in the UK Parliament seeking the prime minister to intervene directly. Conservative MP Mike Pennings, in a parliamentary motion this week, called on UK prime minister Gordon Brown to intervene with the European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, to ensure that the right of UK manufacturers to produce, specialist retailers to sell, and informed consumers to choose to buy ‘safe and popular supplements is not unacceptably curtailed through an unnecessarily restrictive interpretation of the legislation.’
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: The European Commission’s proposals for maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements sold within the European Union (EU) are expected to be published in early 2010. If you live in the EU, click here to sign the ‘Referendum for Natural Remedies’ petition, which aims to guarantee free access to scientifically based natural health remedies for all EU citizens via the holding of a referendum in all 27 EU Member States.

December 3, 2009

Couple's son, 2, taken into care by social workers after they 'refused to feed him junk food’
A two year-old boy was taken away by social services and put into foster care after his parents, Paul and Lisa Hessey, refused to follow doctors’ orders and feed him junk food, they have claimed. The Derbyshire couple, both 48, had been concerned about heath of their son, Zak as he was not eating properly. Mrs Hessey and her lorry driver husband, took their son, who weighed just 17 lbs, to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in July. The couple rejected the medical advice to feed Zak a diet of junk food, to fatten him up.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: If ever one needed proof that the orthodox medical profession attaches insufficient importance to proper nutrition, this story, from the UK, provides it. When a system of medicine resorts to forcibly removing a child from its parents with the stated intention of feeding it junk food against the parents’ wishes, there can be no doubt that we are living under a dangerous medical dictatorship. Moreover, given the extent to which drug company money is tainting medical education, it’s not difficult to see where the fault lies…      

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Political News

December 5, 2009

Dr David Kelly: doctors start legal action for new inquest
Six senior doctors have begun legal action to force a new inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly, the scientist who died days after being exposed as the source of a controversial BBC story on the Iraq war. The action is being taken because six doctors are convinced that the original verdict of suicide is unsafe and should be overturned. Some suspect that Dr Kelly, 59, was murdered shortly after it was revealed that he was the source of a BBC story which alleged that evidence against Iraq had been "sexed up" by the Government in order to justify the 2003 invasion. The body of Dr Kelly, who was a UN weapons inspector, was found more than six years ago in woods near his Oxfordshire home after he went out for a walk. His wrist had been slashed.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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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