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March 12, 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 7, 2010

Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system - T cells - will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body.
Read article at physorg.com

March 4, 2010

Red clover may counter depressive symptoms in older women
Post-menopausal women taking supplements of a red clover extract may experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, says a new randomised trial from Austria. Symptoms of depression and anxiety were reduced by about 80 per cent following 90 days of supplements containing 80 milligrams of red clover isoflavones, according to findings of a prospective randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial published in Maturitas.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 3, 2010

Omega-3 may boost lung function during sport
Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve lung function of athletes during and after exercise, suggests a new study from Germany and Iran with wrestlers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 3, 2010

Vitamin D lifts mood during cold weather months
A daily dose of vitamin D may just be what Chicagoans need to get through the long winter, according to researchers at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). This nutrient lifts mood during cold weather months when days are short and more time is spent indoors.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 8, 2010

Anti-depressants bring higher risk of developing cataracts
Some anti-depressant drugs are associated with an increased chance of developing cataracts, according to a new statistical study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and McGill University. The study, based on a database of more than 200,000 Quebec residents aged 65 and older, showed statistical relationships between a diagnosis of cataracts or cataract surgery and the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), as well as between cataracts and specific drugs within that class.
Read article at physorg.com

March 5, 2010

Decisive Safety Action Needed on Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta)
According to a recent article by Janne Larsson, pharmaceutical companies producing methylphenidate-containing psychiatric drugs are manoeuvring to prevent long term safety studies on the effects of those products.
Read article on the La Leva di Archimede website (Italy)

March 5, 2010

Over Six Hundred and Counting - Paxil Birth Defect Cases
Since Paxil came on the market in 1992, there have been three separate types of failure to warn lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline over Paxil; birth defects, suicide, and addiction. Roughly 150 suicide cases were settled for an average of about $2 million, and about 300 cases involving suicide attempts were settled for an average of $300,000, according to a December 14, 2009 report by Bloomberg News. Glaxo paid an average of about $50,000 each to resolve about 3,200 cases linking Paxil to addiction problems. The drug giant has also paid about $400 million to end antitrust, fraud and design claims, Bloomberg reports. All total, Glaxo has paid out close to $1 billion to resolve Paxil lawsuits since the drug came on the market in1992. The company's provision for all legal matters and other non-tax disputes as of the end of 2008 was listed as $3.09 billion in its annual report.
Read article by Evelyn Pringle on the OpEdNews website

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GMO News

March 3, 2010

Glyphosate Resistance in Weeds
The Transgenic Treadmill
Glyphosate resistant weeds may spell the end of patented herbicide tolerant crops, but can farmers exit the transgenic treadmill that’s very profitable for Monsanto?
Read article by Prof. Joe Cummins on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

March 9, 2010

80,000 Children May Die of Vitamin A Deficiency
No fewer than 80,000 Nigerian children are prone to die annually from Vitamin A deficiency related ailments if concerted efforts are not made to control and prevent the deficiency amongst growing children in the country. Country Director of Helen Keller International, HKI, Dr. Omo Ohiokpehai, who said this in Makurdi during an advocacy visit on the Benue State Ministry of Health and Human Services noted that the World Health Organisation, WHO, had identified Nigeria as one of the Category One countries with the highest risk of Vitamin A deficiency in the world.
Read article at allafrica.com
Comment: Only around $300 million would be needed to eliminate vitamin A deficiency in the developing world. Vitamin A is essential for immune system function and can be provided by micronutrient supplementation or the enrichment of food. The cost of this project would represent a small fraction of the world pharma market – which in 2008 was worth $773 billion. Much of this money was made by selling ineffective drugs to poor nations whose people are suffering mostly from malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. As such, the fact that the pharma industry does not act to eliminate vitamin A deficiency in the developing world tells us all we need to know about its motives.

March 5, 2010

Low levels of vitamin D linked to muscle fat, decreased strength in young people
There's an epidemic in progress, and it has nothing to do with the flu. A ground-breaking study published in the March 2010 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found an astonishing 59 per cent of study subjects had too little Vitamin D in their blood. Nearly a quarter of the group had serious deficiencies (less than 20 ng/ml) of this important vitamin. Since Vitamin D insufficiency is linked to increased body fat, decreased muscle strength and a range of disorders, this is a serious health issue.
Read article at physorg.com

March 4, 2010

Traditional herbal medicines in the EU: an update
When the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive was passed in 2004, many herbal producers, including those producing herbs for the great and ancient traditions of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, saw the Directive as a ‘godsend’. Here was a piece of law that would give these herbal products a proper medicinal classification, meaning they could actually be used to help make sick people healthier. The food supplements regime, under which most of these products have been sold in Europe, of course doesn’t allow any claim to be made about the treatment or protection against disease. In fact, food supplements are intended only for healthy persons (so they say)! We are now 6 years into the implementation of the Directive, and only there’s only a year before it’s all-important transition phase runs out.
Read update on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH)

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Political News

March 4, 2010

Falluja doctors report rise in birth defects
Doctors in the Iraqi city of Falluja are reporting a high level of birth defects, with some blaming weapons used by the US after the Iraq invasion.
Read article on the BBC News website (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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