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March 5, 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

March 1, 2010

DHA brain benefits may extend to middle age
Increased intakes of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenonic acid) may improve mental function in middle age people, suggests a new study from the US.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 25, 2010

High calcium intakes may improve male survival: Study
Intakes of calcium above the recommended daily levels may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer by 25 per cent, says a new study from Sweden. Average daily intakes of 1,953 m of the mineral were also associated with a non-significant lower risk of mortality from only heart disease, compared to average daily intakes of 990 mg per day, according to findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 25, 2010

Multivitamins may help weight loss in obese women
Supplements of multivitamins and minerals may help reduce body weight and improve blood fat levels, according to results of a clinical trial in obese Chinese women. Results of a 26-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention study with 87 women found that multivitamins and minerals were associated with significantly lower body weight, body mass index, and fat mass. Levels of total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol were also significantly reduced, while HDL-cholesterol were increased, according to findings published in the International Journal of Obesity.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 1, 2010

Common painkillers 'increase risk of hearing loss'
Regular use of common painkillers like aspirin and paracetamol can significantly increase the risk of hearing loss, according to a new study.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: In the case of Aspirin, not only can it increase the risk of hearing loss but it can also raise the risk of deadly pancreatic cancer. These risks are of particular significance given that millions of people are taking Aspirin on a daily basis in the false belief that it will ward off heart attacks and strokes. Beliefs about the claimed cardiovascular benefits of aspirin are reported to have been spurred by a typo in an influential paper published in the British Medical Journal in 2002. A correction to the typo was apparently made, but not before the media erroneously began reporting on it as being effective in preventing heart attacks and strokes.

February 27, 2010

The other drug war - the politics of big business
Big Pharma spends millions every year buying influence in Canberra. Adele Ferguson and Eric Johnston investigate the ruthless tactics, the money and the spindoctors behind the scenes.
Read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

February 26, 2010

Glaxo Loses Bid To Preempt Paxil Lawsuit
A lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline over the suicide of 23-year-old Tricia Mason, who killed herself two days after taking its Paxil antidepressant, can proceed. The 7th Circuit appeals court ruled Glaxo didn’t meet its burden of showing with “clear evidence” the FDA would have rejected a labeling change to warn about enhanced suicide risk in young adults, The National Law Journal writes.
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 26, 2010

County files lawsuit against drug giant over diabetes medication
Claiming that a major drugmaker made billions of dollars on a diabetes medication that caused heart attacks and strokes, Santa Clara County on Friday filed a lawsuit charging a decade of false advertising and seeking compensation on behalf of patients and providers in California. Although patients have filed many personal-injury lawsuits against Pennsylvania-based GlaxoSmithKline over its drug Avandia, this is the first governmental lawsuit claiming the drugmaker falsely advertised Avandia's benefits and concealed its risks, according to Tamara Lange, Santa Clara County's lead deputy county counsel. The county alleges that GlaxoSmithKline earned billions of dollars on Avandia and cited an estimate that the drug caused 60,000 to 200,000 heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths nationwide from 1999 to 2006.
Read article in the San Jose Mercury News (California/USA)

February 25, 2010

Ties To Glaxo Led To Favorable Avandia Studies
An analysis of authors who published reports on GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia diabetes pill shows that those with ties to industry were more likely to conclude the drug didn’t increase the risk of myocardial infarction compared with authors with no industry ties, according to a study presented at the American College of Preventive Medicine annual meeting, TheHeart.org reports.
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 25, 2010

These Drugs Generated Most Adverse Event Reports
In the third quarter of 2009, the number of serious, disabling and fatal adverse drug events reported to the FDA numbered 29,065, compared to 26,809 in the same quarter a year earlier, an 8.4 percent rise, according to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices. For the first three quarters of 2009 combined, the total number of reports was 8.1 percent higher than in the same period of 2008. Highlights of ISMP’s QuarterWatch report include: More than 1,000 reports of patient deaths were received for GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia in the first three quarters of 2009, more than any other drug the non-profit monitors.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: By means of a comparison, the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System shows that there was not even one death caused by a dietary supplement in 2008.

February 24, 2010

Most Physician Training Aided By Pharma Support
More than half of program directors at internal medicine residency programs accepted various forms of pharma support - food for conferences, educational materials, office supplies, drug samples, and unrestricted educational funds, as well as direct contact with residents (off-site and on-site) - according to a survey in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Of 236 program directors, 56 percent reported accepting support from drugmakers, yet 72 percent said the support is undesirable.
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 23, 2010

Dosed up on donations and addicted to drug company money
Patient support groups and doctors are receiving millions of dollars a year from pharmaceutical companies under a grant system that is raising questions about their independence. A Daily Telegraph investigation found one of the nation's largest drug firms, Pfizer Australia, gave more than $1.7 million to 18 health organisations in 2008 and 2009. The drug company Glaxco-Smith- Kline last year spent $1.3 million sponsoring 14 consumer health groups such as the Asthma Foundation, the Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and MS Australia. And drug companies are also spending more than a $1 million a week wining and dining doctors.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (Australia)

February 23, 2010

Concerns raised over drug firm funding of consumer health groups
Consumer health groups are receiving millions of dollars a year from pharmaceutical companies under a grant system that is raising questions about their independence.
Read article on the AdelaideNow website (Australia)

February 23, 2010

FDA warns of heart risk with HIV drug combination
FDA says HIV drugs from Roche and Abbott can be dangerous when used together
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Tuesday about potential heart risks when combining two HIV drugs. The agency said preliminary data suggest Roche's Invirase and Abbott Laboratories' Norvir can affect the electrical activity of the heart when used together. Changes to the heart's electrical activity can delay the signals that trigger heart beats. In some cases the problem can cause irregular heart rhythms, leading to lightheadedness, fainting, and even death.
Read Associated Press news report at yahoo.com
Comment: Invirase and Norvir are antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. This class of highly toxic chemicals is promoted by the drug industry to patients with HIV-infections as "life saving." In this effort, the drug industry is using an army of lobbyists, including celebrities and even politicians, some of whom may not be aware of the scientific facts: none of these drugs has ever been shown to cure either HIV or AIDS and they are not allowed to be sold as a cure. Moreover, these toxic drugs are known to attack the immune system of patients and eventually destroy it. To learn the facts about ARV drugs, click here.

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GMO News

March 2, 2010

Against the will of citizens and farmers, and overriding the sovereignty of Member States, the EU authorizes a GM potato
The EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer policy John Dalli has approved the cultivation of the genetically modified 'Amflora' potato, produced by the German multinational BASF. The potato, modified to contain a higher percentage of starch, marks a step backwards in the approach adopted since 1998 by the EU, driven first and foremost by the precautionary principle. Commissioner Dalli has authorized the cultivation of the potato despite the fact that numerous environmental organizations have voiced concerns, that European citizens and farmers have come out on several occasions against GMOs and that the potato in question has a characteristic —resistance to an antibiotic— in direct violation of EU Directive 2001/18.
Read article on the website of the Slow Food organization

March 2, 2010

Farmers, exporters warn GM animals could damage 'brand New Zealand'
Organic farmers fear "brand New Zealand" will be damaged if plans proceed to expand the range of genetically modified animals. Farmers and exporters told a panel deciding whether to allow Agresearch to put human genes into goats, sheep and cows that overseas customers might stop buying New Zealand products if there were further trials.
Read article in the New Zealand Herald

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Other Health-related News

February 26, 2010

EU scientific committee further compromised by conflict of interest on fluoride
Its competence already queried at inception in June 2009 by International Society of Doctors for Environment (ISDE), the EU’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) which is investigating fluoridation chemicals, has now been accused of a conflict of interest. SCHER’s credibility is thus further compromised by one of its members having actively co-promoted fluoridation in Switzerland. Prof Ackermann-Liebrich was involved with others in needlessly prolonging fluoridation in Basel-city for several years until in 2003, the Swiss Canton stopped fluoridation because even after 40 years, no study could prove the caries-preventive effect of fluoridation.
Read press release on the Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) website (Ireland)

February 26, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency likely among some kidney disease patients starting dialysis
Vitamin D deficiency is almost universal among kidney disease patients who have low blood protein levels and who start dialysis during the winter, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN).
Read article at physorg.com

February 24, 2010

Senator McCain – Please Read Your Own Bill
On Monday, Senator McCain released a Senate Floor Statement defending his Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010. He lashed out at “opponents of the bill and their well-paid Washington lobbyists” who have “spread false statements and rumors about the legislation”. OK. So what are these alleged “false statements and rumors”? McCain again: “Opponents have stated that the legislation would seek to limit consumers’ ability to purchase dietary supplements, vitamins, or prescription drugs. That is completely false…. If you take a vitamin now, this bill will in no way restrict your ability to take that vitamin.” McCain clearly hasn’t read his own bill.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health - USA website
Comment: Under current United States law, the FDA cannot arbitrarily ban a supplement that was sold prior to October 15, 1994, the date that the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was passed. McCain’s bill would wipe out that protection. The only supplements that would be legal to sell in the US if this bill passes are those “included on [a] list…prepared, published, and maintained by the [FDA]“. In this respect, McCain’s bill bears a close resemblance to the European Union’s restrictive Food Supplements Directive (FSD), which contains specific lists of the only types of vitamins and minerals that are permitted to be contained in supplements sold within the EU. In other words, unless a vitamin or mineral is included on the FSD’s lists, it cannot be sold within EU borders. If you live in the US, click here to contact your Senators and Representatives and demand that they help protect your right to unrestricted access to dietary supplements.

February 24, 2010

The Food, Inc. Horror Movie
A film that exposes how the corporate food industry sickens and enslaves the nation, but leaves many stones unturned.
It looks like a scene from Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 movie Modern Times, only worse. The assembly lines process factory-farmed chicken carcasses, hog carcasses, and gigantic extrusions of ground up cattle to feed the supermarket shelves and the fast-growing fast food industry. The workers are illegal immigrants bussed in from Mexico or elsewhere, paid inhuman wages, and then turned in to the police when surplus to requirement. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Kenner’s documentary Food, Inc., nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards, is intent on exposing the graphic horrors of the food we eat, starting in the USA.
Read review by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the website of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) (UK)

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Political News

February 27, 2010

Silvio Berlusconi 'avoiding justice', demonstrators say
Ten of thousands of Italians have demonstrated in Rome against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, over what they say are attempts to evade justice. Mr Berlusconi is on trial in two corruption cases. But legislation being discussed in parliament would in effect stop him going to court. The protesters accuse the PM of seeking to undermine the legal system.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

February 25, 2010

Greece wants Nazi gold returned as 50,000 strikers take to streets
Greece has touched Germany's rawest nerve by accusing the EU powerhouse of not fully compensating it for gold stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War. The incendiary comments came as some 50,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens to protest over austerity plans aimed at wrenching the country out of a debt crisis that has shaken the eurozone.
Read article in The Scotsman (Scotland/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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