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December 18, 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 14, 2009

Exercise improves survival rates for colorectal cancer patients
Men who have been treated for colorectal cancer can reduce their risk of dying from the disease by engaging in regular exercise, according to a new study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The findings are published in the December 14 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Previous research has shown regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing colon cancer," says the study's lead author, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber. "This current study confirms two other studies from our group that shows physical activity by colorectal cancer survivors helps them live longer than those survivors who are not physically active."
Read article at physorg.com

December 11, 2009

Retired optician 'cures own blindness with marigolds'
A retired optician believes he is the first person in Britain to recover from a degenerative eye condition – after taking a food supplement containing marigolds.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

December 11, 2009

Vitamin D may curb diabetes
A New Zealand study has found that South Asian women with insulin resistance improved markedly after taking vitamin D supplements. Nutrition researcher Pamela von Hurst of the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Albany, said while diet and exercise played a major part in the onset of type-2 diabetes, her findings reinforced the importance of vitamin D from the sun and supplements to prevent type-2 diabetes.
Read article at pharmacynews.com.au (Australia)

December 9, 2009

Grape juice can reduce memory loss, study suggests
Drinking purple grape juice can reduce or even reverse memory loss, a study suggests.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

December 15, 2009

Scientist addresses global 'swine flu conspiracy'
A British epidemiologist said on Tuesday he was worried by close links between World Health Organization (WHO) officials and pharmaceutical companies over swine flu. Recent Danish media reports alleged that the WHO, which on June 11 declared swine flu a pandemic, has teamed up with pharmaceutical companies to create a scare and cash in on selling a remedy. In an interview with Russia's BFM.ru, Tom Jefferson, a scientist currently based in Rome, said that although he personally did not believe in plots, "I am a bit worried about what I have observed." He said WHO expert committees have "people with extensive ties to the industry or decision-makers who have explicitly kept on producing apocalyptic forecasts year in, year out."
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

December 15, 2009

Antidepressants linked to increased stroke risk
Middle-aged women who take antidepressants are at an increased risk of stroke, a major study has found. A large study of women who have been through the menopause found those taking antidepressants were 45 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke than those of the same age not on the medicines. The research also found that overall death rates were 32 per cent higher in women on the drugs.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

December 14, 2009

Glaxo Said to Have Paid $1 Billion in Paxil Suits
GlaxoSmithKline Plc has paid almost $1 billion to resolve lawsuits over Paxil since it introduced the antidepressant in 1993, including about $390 million for suicides or attempted suicides said to be linked to the drug, according to court records and people familiar with the cases. As part of the total, Glaxo, the U.K.’s largest drugmaker, so far has paid $200 million to settle Paxil addiction and birth-defect cases and $400 million to end antitrust, fraud and design claims, according to the people and court records.
Read article at bloomberg.com

December 11, 2009

Merck loses effort to dismiss 24 Fosamax cases
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Manhattan federal judge has rejected Merck & Co's effort to dismiss 24 cases alleging that its Fosamax drug treatment for osteoporosis causes jaw damage. In an opinion released Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Keenan ruled that the plaintiffs could introduce testimony by two doctors to show that the drug can cause jaw damage after less than three years of continuous use. Keenan said the evidence is sufficiently reliable to allow a rational jury to establish such a connection.
Read article in the Montreal Gazette (Canada)

December 9, 2009

GAO: FDA yet to make safety changes post-Vioxx
The Food and Drug Administration still hasn't restructured its staff to better monitor drug safety, more than three years after experts recommended key changes in the wake of the Vioxx scandal. That's according to congressional investigators who found that the FDA has yet to follow through on changes suggested in 2006 to help the agency detect problems with drugs taken by millions of Americans. Those recommendations came after the embarrassing and dangerous episode with Vioxx, a blockbuster pain drug the FDA approved in 1999, only to pull from the market in 2004 after linking it to heart attack and stroke.
Read article at physorg.com

December 9, 2009

An exclusive interview with Dr. Barbara Starfield: Medically Caused Death in America
On July 26, 2000, the US medical community received a titanic shock to the system, when one of its most respected and honored public-health experts, Dr. Barbara Starfield, revealed her findings on healthcare in America. The landmark Starfield study, “Is US health really the best in the world?”, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, came to the conclusion that the medical system is the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. The Starfield study is the most explosive revelation about modern healthcare in America ever published.
Read Jon Rappoport's interview with Dr. Barbara Starfield at jonrappoport.wordpress.com

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Other Health-related News

December 14, 2009

Lawyer cites 'free speech' as basis for legal action on claims
Legal action to challenge the strict claims assessment process enshrined in the EU health claims Regulation could be pursued on the grounds of free speech, according to a leading US lawyer. European food and drink companies could “lift the yoke of censorship” if they could prove that the EU health claims Regulation denied them the right to freedom of expression, according to Jonathan Emord, from Emord & Associates – experts in US constitutional and administrative law. In considering possible grounds for legal action to challenge the way the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was assessing health claims, Emord argued that food and drink companies should consider presenting EFSA with qualified claims for approval that overtly informed the public of the inconclusiveness of the science – similar to the qualified claims system operating in some other markets.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

December 14, 2009

Europe enters a nutrition science dark age
As the clock strikes 12:01AM on January 1, 2010, Europe will enter a nutrition science Dark Age. The stultifying effects of that backward movement will hit food and dietary supplement companies hard all around the world. The movement toward replacing private choice with government fiat proceeds apace internationally. Europe’s condemnation of food supplements and claims about them is among the latest examples of that movement.
Read article by Attorney Jonathan Emord at newswithviews.com

December 10, 2009

Supplements can fill health gaps, say dietitians
More than 80 per cent of registered dietitians consider most Americans have gaps in their diets that can be filled with vitamins and other dietary supplements, according to new research from the Life...supplemented 2009 Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study. Pledging a personal commitment to supplementation, 76 per cent of those surveyed said that supplements can address their own diet gaps. In fact, 96 per cent confirmed that they take supplements and 87 per cent acknowledged recommending them to their clients.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

December 10, 2009

Supplements best to boost vitamin D, Harvard
Supplements are the safest, easiest way to boost vitamin D levels, says Harvard Heart Letter, which is spreading the word about the vitamin’s multifaceted benefits: It is good for the heart and overall health, not just bones.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Political News

December 14, 2009

EU environmental policy awards millions in windfall profits to oil companies and heavy industry
As national ministers meet this week in Copenhagen to discuss a new climate change deal, Open Europe has found that under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), oil and gas companies’ operations in the UK were granted a surplus of carbon permits worth €28.6m in 2008. For example, ExxonMobil received €4.3m and Total received €5.4m. Meanwhile, heavy industrial polluters such as Corus received €47m, while cement firms Hanson and Lafarge received €17.3m and €20.2m.
Read press release on the Open Europe website (UK)
Comment: Open Europe has found that the two largest carbon trading exchanges, European Climate Exchange and Bluenext, which includes members such as Barclays Bank, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Shell, have earned a combined average of €245,000 a day from the trading of carbon permits so far in 2009, in transaction fees alone. In total, they have made over €57m between them in 2009.

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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