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February 26, 2010

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Natural Health News

February 23, 2010

Omega-3, vitamins, minerals may reduce aggressive behaviour
Supplements of omega-3s, vitamins and minerals for prisoners may reduce the number of violent and aggressive episodes in prisoners, according to a new study from The Netherlands. Nutritional supplements containing vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids were associated with a 34 per cent reduction in violent incidents, according to findings of a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial with over 200 young adult offenders published in Aggressive Behavior.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: Extensive research conducted in the UK in the past twenty years has resulted in similar conclusions to those reported in this study. As a result, the role nutrition may play in shaping social behavior both in the community and in closed conditions is becoming increasingly clear. According to Natural Justice, a UK charity based in Oxford that is working to develop a fundamentally new approach to violent and anti-social behavior, the underlying thesis is simple: the brain needs to be nourished like all other parts of the body, and it is vital to consider the nutritional needs of the brain as a key factor in governing behavior. For more information on the research conducted in the UK on the relationship between social behavior and nutrition, click here.

February 23, 2010

Antioxidants may help lower diabetes rates, study
Higher consumption of antioxidants in the diet in order to lower the rate of diabetes should be made a public health priority, according to a new study. The findings of the study, published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases supports the view that dietary antioxidants are associated with improved glycemic biomarkers in healthy adults, as well as in diabetic patients.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 22, 2010

Folic acid supplements may reduce pre-term births
Maintaining supplementation with folic acid through to the third trimester of pregnancy may reduce the risk of preterm births, says a new study from Hungary.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 18, 2010

Very high omega-3 intakes linked to big health benefits
Intakes of omega-3 exceeding levels consumed by the general US population may significantly reduce the risk of chronic disease, suggests a new study with Yup'ik Eskimos. High levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) were associated with lower levels of triglycerides, as well as higher levels of HDL cholesterol, according to data from 357 Yup'ik Eskimos published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Raised levels of the fatty acids were also associated with decreased levels of markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), which is produced in the liver and is a known marker for inflammation. Increased levels of CRP are a good predictor for the onset of both type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. CVD causes almost 50 per cent of deaths in Europe, and is reported to cost the EU economy an estimated €169 billion ($202 billion) per year.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 23, 2010

A Forbes Guest Blogger And His Pharma Ties
Here’s an embarassing moment for Forbes. Over the past week, a physician contributed a few items to the magazine’s science blog, defending various drugs that have recently been criticized or scrutinized over safety issues. Among them were GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia diabetes pill; asthma meds, including Glaxo’s Advair and AstraZeneca’s Symbicort; and statins, such as AstraZeneca’s Crestor. However, the site never noted that the physician, Matthew Mintz, who is listed as an associate professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Wash., DC, had other credentials - consulting fees or advisory board participation for Glaxo and AstraZeneca, among others (look here). In the first second quarter of 2009, Glaxo paid him $11,050 (see here).
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 23, 2010

Philadelphia Jury Awards $9.45 Million in Damages Over Prempro Drug
Award marks latest in string of jury verdicts in favor of plaintiffs in Philadelphia hormone replacement therapy cases
Another Philadelphia jury has decided that drugmaker Wyeth should be punished with punitive damages for the warnings provided to a plaintiff and her doctor over the risk of breast cancer from Wyeth's hormonal drug Prempro. The jury awarded $6 million in punitive damages and $3.45 million in compensatory damages Monday in Singleton v. Wyeth.
Read article at law.com

February 22, 2010

Mass. doctor pleads guilty to research fraud
BOSTON -- A doctor accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies that suggested after-surgery benefits from painkillers including Vioxx and Celebrex pleaded guilty Monday to one count of federal health care fraud. An attorney for Dr. Scott Reuben said the anesthesiologist will have to repay $361,932 in research grants and forfeit assets worth at least $50,000 as penalty for his conduct following a plea hearing in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors alleged the former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield sought and received research grants from pharmaceutical companies but never performed the studies. They said he fabricated patient data and submitted information to anesthesiology journals that unwittingly published it.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

February 20, 2010

Senate report links diabetes drug Avandia to heart attacks
The diabetes drug Avandia is linked with tens of thousands of heart attacks, and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline knew of the risks for years but worked to keep them from the public, according to a Senate committee report released Saturday. The 334-page report by the Senate Finance Committee also criticized the Food and Drug Administration, saying that the federal agency that regulates food, tobacco and medications overlooked or overrode safety concerns found by its staff. "Americans have a right to know there are serious health risks associated with Avandia and GlaxoSmithKline had a responsibility to tell them," said U.S. Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat and committee chairman.
Read article at cnn.com

February 17, 2010

Kids on ADHD drugs 'poor at school'
Children with ADHD who use prescription drugs to manage their condition are 10 times more likely to perform poorly at school than ADHD kids who avoid medication, a new report reveals. The report also finds stimulant drugs such as Ritalin and dexamphetamine make no significant difference to the level of depression, self-perception and social functioning of a 14-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Those consistently using medication had significantly higher blood pressure at age 14 than children who had never taken drugs, a side-effect that could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke even into adulthood.
Read article in The Australian (Australia)

February 17, 2010

Cholesterol-lowering drugs increase risk of diabetes, study finds
Using drugs to lower cholesterol increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, research in Scotland suggests. An analysis of 13 studies involving the drugs, known as statins, found that they increased the chances of someone developing diabetes by 9 per cent.
Read article in The Scotsman (Scotland/UK)

February 17, 2010

Parkinson's class action approved
Lawsuit claims drugs turned patients into gambling addicts
An Ontario judge has approved a class-action lawsuit by Parkinson's patients who say a commonly used drug turned them into "relentless" gambling addicts, causing some to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Read article in the National Post (Canada)
Comment: The lawsuit deals with Permax, a drug developed by Eli Lilly, which was taken off the market in 2007 because of other, heart-related side effects. A growing number of studies have linked the drug to excessive gambling, sex addiction and other compulsive behaviour.

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GMO News

February 5, 2010

Australians “uncomfortable” with GM food
Australians remain uneasy about eating genetically modified (GM) foods, according to research from Swinburne University. The University’s fifth National Science and Technology Monitor found most people well informed about GM but still very mistrustful of the institutions that commercialise GM foods. “A major target of public mistrust is Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company that owns patents on over 90% of all commercial GM soy, corn, canola and cotton crops that are grown,” Gene Ethics director Bob Phelps asserted.
Read article on the Australian Food News website (Australia)

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Other Health-related News

February 19, 2010

Official Recommended Intake for Vitamin D is Too Low
2,000 IU/Day or More Needed for Optimal Health
Vitamin D has been a natural part of man's experience forever, and 90% of vitamin D is derived from solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiance. The health effects of vitamin D can be and have been determined from a variety of studies including ecological, observational (case-control and cohort), and cross-sectional studies. Vitamin D helps both to prevent and to treat chronic diseases including many types of cancer, cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, stroke, etc.), congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2), osteoporosis, falls, and fractures. It is also effective against infectious diseases including both bacteria and viral infections: bacterial vaginosis, pneumonia, dental caries, periodontal disease, tuberculosis, sepsis/septicemia, Epstein-Barr virus, and influenza type A such as A/H1N1 influenza. The autoimmune diseases include asthma, type 1 diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, and perhaps rheumatoid arthritis.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

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Political News

February 22, 2010

Dutch to pull troops out of Aghanistan following government collapse
Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende said on Sunday (22 February) that his country's troops are likely to be pulled out of Afghanistan by the end of this year, a move he said may prompt other wavering states - including EU members - to think about doing the same. "If nothing else will take its place, then it ends," Mr Balkenende told Buitenhof, a domestic current affairs television programme, reports Reuters. The centre-right leader was speaking a day after his government collapsed over the issue. The Labour Party quit the the coalition on Saturday, saying it could not agree to a Nato request to extend the Dutch mission beyond 2010. The Netherlands is among the top ten contributors to Afghanistan. Twenty-one of its soldiers have been killed there. Currently, there are around 2000 Dutch troops the dangerous Afghan province of Uruzgan. They are due to start leaving the country in August.
Read article at euobserver.com

February 7, 2010

Russia should consider joining the EU and NATO, says Medvedev’s institute
According to a paper released on 3 February by the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR), a think tank headed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russia will join NATO and the EU, reduce its military, reintroduce gubernatorial elections and four-year presidential terms and disband its Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service, news agencies reported.
Read article on the New Europe website

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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