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January 22, 2010

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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

January 20, 2010

Intravenous fish oil in ICU effective
A trial of fish oil given intravenously to patients in intensive care reduces inflammation and results in a shorter hospital stay, British researchers say.
Read news report on the United Press International (UPI) website

January 19, 2010

Omega-3s May Slow Aging in Heart Patients
Heart disease patients with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids appear to age more slowly than those with the lowest blood levels, according to a new study.
Read article at webmd.com

January 19, 2010

Antioxidant-rich fruit and veg may cut lymph cancer risk
Increased intakes of antioxidant-rich vegetables may reduce the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma by about 30 per cent, says a new study. Increased dietary intakes of specific antioxidant nutrients, like vitamin C, alpha-carotene, and proanthocyanidins were also individually associated with significant reductions in risks for the cancer, according to results published from the Iowa Women's Health Study in the International Journal of Cancer.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 18, 2010

PACE to open hearings on 'falsified' swine flu pandemic
PACE is to open hearings on Monday on pharmaceutical companies' possible influence on the global swine flu campaign and on the World Health Organization, a Russian daily reported. The 47-nation Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is conducting an inquiry into an alleged conspiracy between the WHO, the pharmaceutical industry and scientists which could "expose millions of healthy people to the risk of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines," caused damage to public budgets and to health agencies' credibility, according to a PACE resolution. The motion was introduced by Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, head of the health committee, former German lawmaker and a specialist in lung disease, who called the current pandemic "one of the greatest medical scandals of the century." WHO declared the pandemic in June 2009 on the advice of a group of experts many of whom are believed to have financial ties with pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Novartis, and benefited from the production of drugs and H1N1 vaccines.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)
Comment: Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has apparently said that Russia should withdraw from the WHO if the corruption suspicions are proven.

January 16, 2010

Swine flu was a textbook case of a scare
So swine flu – eventually found to be only a tenth as virulent as ordinary flu – passes into history as yet another massive scare. Hyped out of all proportion by drug companies and the World Health Organisation, this fooled our endlessly gullible politicians into spending £1 billion on vaccines which turned out not to be needed. Thus, quite predictably, did the swine flu panic follow the classic pattern of so many other scares before it, as Dr North and I analysed in our book on the phenomenon, Scared To Death. Tracing the history of many examples, we showed how the most damaging point in any scare, from BSE and salmonella in eggs to the Millennium Bug, comes when governments fall for the hype, needlessly costing us all billions of pounds.
Read article by Christopher Booker in the Sunday Telegraph (UK)

January 15, 2010

U.N.'s World Health Organization Eyeing Global Tax on Banking, Internet Activity
The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a plan to ask governments to impose a global consumer tax on such things as Internet activity or everyday financial transactions like paying bills online. Such a scheme could raise "tens of billions of dollars" on behalf of the United Nations' public health arm from a broad base of consumers, which would then be used to transfer drug-making research, development and manufacturing capabilities, among other things, to the developing world. The multibillion-dollar "indirect consumer tax" is only one of a "suite of proposals" for financing the rapid transformation of the global medical industry that will go before WHO's 34-member supervisory Executive Board at its biannual meeting in Geneva.
Read article at foxnews.com (USA)
Comment: Ordinary people all over the world already bear the brunt of the pharmaceutical business with disease, paying for it not only through their pockets but also with their lives. Given therefore that the pharmaceutical industry’s total global sales were worth 773 billion dollars in 2008, any notion that drug-making needs to be funded by tens of billions of dollars of global consumer taxes is clearly absurd. This WHO plan should be vigorously opposed, as, far from transforming the global medical industry, it would simply result in still more money being put into the hands of the drug cartel.

January 15, 2010

Doc Faces Fraud In Pfizer Research Case
Federal prosecutors filed a health care fraud charge against Scott Reuben, who is accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies suggesting Vioxx and Celebrex offered benefits after surgery. Court documents indicate Reuben, an anesthesiologist, agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a recommendation of a more lenient jail sentence of up to 10 years, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of assets worth at least $50,000 received for the research, the Associated Press reports. Prosecutors allege the former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Ma., sought and received research grants from drugmakers but never performed the studies. He fabricated patient data and submitted information to anesthesiology journals that unwittingly published it, the AP writes, citing court documents. Some of his research was not approved by an internal hospital review board and a probe later found 21 papers published in anesthesiology journals between 1996 and 2008 in which Reuben made up some or all data.
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 14, 2010

Suits allege harm from Pfizer quit-smoking drug
Three personal injury lawsuits were filed against Pfizer Inc on Thursday, claiming its smoking-cessation drug Chantix caused attempted suicides or death. The suits, all filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan by the same plaintiffs' law firm, claim Pfizer failed to notify doctors and patients about dangers the company allegedly knew about the pill -- including depression and suicidal thoughts--at the time the plaintiffs took the medicine.
Read news report at reuters.com

January 14, 2010

Thalidomide apology reaction mixed
Almost 50 years after the drug thalidomide was withdrawn in the UK the Government has apologised over the scandal - but some victims said it was too little, too late. The formal apology by Health Minister Mike O'Brien was greeted with a mixed reaction by campaigners who welcomed the move but pointed out the statement fell short of saying "sorry". Pregnant women were prescribed thalidomide between 1958 and 1961 as a treatment for morning sickness or insomnia, but it was withdrawn from sale after babies were born with limb deformities and other disabilities.
Read UK Press Association news report at google.com

January 13, 2010

Court Revives HRT Lawsuit Against Pfizer
Pennsylvania’s Superior Court reinstituted a lawsuit by finding that a woman was entitled to an exception to the two-year statute of limitations, because she couldn’t have reasonably known of an alleged link between her breast cancer and hormone-replacement therapy drugs before the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative Study in July 2002, The Legal Intelligencer reports. Despite a $1.5 million verdict in favor of Merle Simon, her lawsuit was dismissed because of the judgment. But the Superior Court said the trial judge shouldn’t have tossed her suit because it was filed within two years of the publication of the WHI study, which found HRT drugs increase the risk of breast cancer. Simon was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2002.
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 11, 2010

Swine flu: "They Organized the Panic". Inquiry into the Role of Big Pharma and WHO by Council of Europe
Bruno Odent interviews Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg
The German President of the Health Committee of the Council of Europe, Wolfgang Wodarg, is issuing accusations against the pharmaceutical lobbies and the governments. He has initiated the start of an investigation by that body concerning the role played by the pharmaceutical industry in the campaign of panic about the virus. Ex-member of the SPD, Wolfgang Wodarg is a doctor and epidemiologist. His request for a commission of inquiry into the role of pharmaceutical companies in the management of swine flu outbreak by WHO and the nation states was granted unanimously by the members of the Health Committee of the Council of Europe.
Read Bruno Odent's interview with Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg on the website of the Centre for Research on Globalization

January 7, 2010

WHO Advisor Secretly Pads Pockets with Big Pharma Money
A Finnish member of the World Health Organization board, an advisor on vaccines, has received 6 million Euros for his research center from the vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline. Although WHO promises transparency, this conflict of interest is not available for the public to see at WHO’s homepage. Professor Juhani Eskola is the director of the Finnish research vaccine program and a new member of the WHO group ‘Strategic Advisory Group of Experts’ (SAGE). SAGE recommends which vaccines -- and how many -- member countries should purchase for the pandemic.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

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GMO News

January 19, 2010

GM crops escalate herbicide arms race
A new report on the spread of herbicide resistant weeds in the world calls upon farmers to take the lead in dealing with the problem if scientists and governments fail to do so. Without such action GM herbicide tolerant crops will cause an explosion of herbicide resistant weeds. Promises from agri-biotech companies that GM herbicide tolerant crops would make weed control in crops such as soya, maize and cotton easier and cheaper now look hollow. This year the GM industry will again try to use the ISAAA report to paper over the cracks and paint GM as a success in world agriculture. This research shows exactly how much more costly HT crops are becoming over time as serious problems spread.
Read article on the GM Watch website
Comment: To read the report, click here.

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Other Health-related News

January 15, 2010

NLM Censors Nutritional Research
Medline is Biased, and Taxpayers Pay for It
Did you know that there are "good" medical journals, and that there are "naughty" medical journals? No kidding. The good journals are easy to access on the internet through a huge electronic database called Medline. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed) This wonderful, free service is brought to you by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. In other words, by you. By your tax dollars. Generally it is money well spent, until you go searching for megavitamin therapy research papers. Then you will find that you can't find all of them. That is because of selective indexing. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) proudly describes itself as "the largest medical library in the world. The goal of the NLM is to collect, organize and make available biomedical literature to advance medical science and improve public health." Hmm. Collect. Organize. Make available. Improve public health. So, after over 40 continuous years of publication, why is the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine NOT indexed by Medline?
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

January 15, 2010

Grapefruit juice may boost CoQ10 uptake: Study
A glass of grapefruit juice may improve intestinal absorption of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) by almost 50 per cent, says a new study from Japan.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 14, 2010

Vitamin D levels not enough for winter: Study
Current recommended intake for vitamin D during winter months and need to be at increased by five, says a new study from California. Recommended intakes for people with darker skins should be increased to a whopping 2100 to 3100 International Units per day all year-round, up from the current adequate intakes set at 5 micrograms per day (200 International Units). Researchers from University of California, Davis report their findings in the Journal of Nutrition. The study, led by Laura Hill, represents the latest in a long line of studies calling for increases in the recommended levels for vitamin D.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: According to the study, people of European ancestry with a high sun exposure need 1300 IU per day of the vitamin during the winter, whilst people of African ancestry with low sun exposure would require much higher intakes, from 2100 to 3100 IU per day throughout the year. In adults, evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency may precipitate or exacerbate osteopenia, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. There is also evidence that the vitamin may reduce the incidence of several types of cancer and type-1 diabetes.

January 4, 2010

Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law
Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision. The policy was designed 33 years ago to protect trade secrets in a highly competitive industry. But critics -- including the Obama administration -- say the secrecy has grown out of control, making it impossible for regulators to control potential dangers or for consumers to know which toxic substances they might be exposed to. At a time of increasing public demand for more information about chemical exposure, pressure is building on lawmakers to make it more difficult for manufacturers to cloak their products in secrecy. Congress is set to rewrite chemical regulations this year for the first time in a generation.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

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Political News

January 13, 2009

Iraq Inquiry: Lord Goldsmith 'materially' changed legal advice in days before war
Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, "materially" changed his advice on the legality of military action against Saddam Hussein in the final days before the 2003 invasion, the Iraq war Inquiry has been told. Lord Turnbull, who was the Cabinet Secretary at the time, said there were important differences between the final legal opinion Lord Goldsmith presented to the Cabinet and an earlier version he gave privately to Tony Blair.
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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