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March 19, 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 16, 2010

Omega-3-rich meals have blood vessel benefits: Study
Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may improve blood vessel health following a meal, says a new study from the UK. Arteries were found to be less stiff following consumption of a medium fat meal supplemented with 4.7 grams of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), according to findings published in Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

March 16, 2010

Vitamin B6 ingredient linked to lower colorectal cancer risk: study
Vitamin B6 appears to play a beneficial role in preventing colon cancer, a study published Tuesday concluded. Researchers led by Susanna Larsson of Sweden's National Institute of Environmental medicine traced the beneficial effects to pyridoxal-phosphate (PLP), the main active coenzyme form of vitamin B6. "Vitamin B6 intake and blood PLP levels were inversely related with the risk of colorectal cancer," the study said.
Read article at physorg.com

March 15, 2010

Magnesium may decrease colon cancer risk: Study
Increased intakes of magnesium may reduce a man’s risk of colon cancer by over 50 per cent, says a new observational study from Japan.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 15, 2010

Studies find treating vitamin D deficiency significantly reduces heart disease risk
Preventing and treating heart disease in some patients could be as simple as supplementing their diet with extra vitamin D, according to two new studies at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah. Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute last fall demonstrated the link between vitamin D deficiency and increased risk for coronary artery disease. These new studies show that treating vitamin D deficiency with supplements may help to prevent or reduce a person's risk for cardiovascular disease and a host of other chronic conditions.
Read article at physorg.com

March 12, 2010

Berries may reduce risk factors for metabolic disorders
A diet rich in berries may reduce levels of inflammatory markers associated with liver health and metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Finland. Daily consumption of a range of berries, including lingonberry, sea buckthorn, bilberry, and black currant produced a 23 per cent reduction in levels of an enzyme called alanine aminotransferase (ALAT), a well-established marker of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 4, 2010

Australian ruling opens floodgates for Vioxx claims
SYDNEY — An Australian judge on Friday found arthritis drug Vioxx doubled the risk of heart attacks and was not fit for sale, opening the way for hundreds of lawsuits against US pharmaceutical giant Merck.
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GMO News

March 12, 2010

The GM war in Europe starts here
Brussels bureaucrats want to spread GM crops throughout Europe, against the will of most of its people, says Geoffrey Lean.
Not just a spud, this is likely to prove a very hot political potato indeed. It is living, knobbly proof of the determination of Brussels bureaucrats to spread GM crops throughout Europe, against the will of most of its people. In a little-noticed move last week, the European Commission defied most of the governments to which it is supposed to answer to give the green light to growing a modified potato across the continent. It was the first time a GM crop had been authorised for cultivation in 13 years. But, now the long moratorium has been broken, similar approvals for others are expected rapidly to follow. The decision has its origins in a couple of secret, top-level meetings called by Jose Manuel Barroso, the Commission's strongly pro-GM president. He invited the prime ministers of each of the 27 EU member states to send a personal representative along to discuss how to "speed up" the spread of the technology and "deal with" public opposition.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

March 9, 2010

EU commission under fire over GM potato
A row has flared in parliament following the commission's decision to allow a genetically modified potato to be grown in some EU countries. This month's decision comes after a 13-year campaign by the German chemical company BASF. But commission president José Manuel Barroso was jeered when he sought to defend the move during a lively parliamentary Q&A session in Strasbourg on Tuesday. MEPs, some of whom held up posters which read "For a GMO-free Europe", said the commission had "failed to follow proper parliamentary procedure" by not consulting the assembly before reaching its decision.
Read article at theparliament.com

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Other Health-related News

March 13, 2010

Judges uphold ban on Bayer pesticide
A federal appeals court refused to delay a ban on the sale of a pesticide that some environmental groups claim is killing honeybees. The decision prevents Bayer CropScience, from selling its pesticide, Spirotetramat, while the company appeals a lower court ruling that halted sales. "Bayer has demonstrated neither that it will suffer irreparable injury absent a stay, nor that it has a substantial possibility of success on the merits of its appeal," U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood and U.S. Circuit Judge Joseph McLaughlin said in the ruling this week.
Read article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (USA)
Comment: This is by no means the first time that a pesticide produced by Bayer CropScience has been implicated in the deaths of bees. In May 2008, Germany suspended sales of the company’s pesticide clothianidin after 700 beekeepers along the Rhine reported that two-thirds of their bees had died following its use. Tests on dead bees showed that 99% of those examined had a build-up of the chemical. In France, another Bayer CropScience pesticide, imidacloprid, has been banned on sunflowers since 1999 and as a sweetcorn treatment since 2003, after a third of honeybees were wiped out.

March 10, 2010

DSHEA Repeal Legislation Delayed, Not Dead
For the time being, on the Senate side of Congress, the bill has apparently been delayed. However, unless and until McCain formally pulls his bill, the DSSA bill is still alive in the Senate for the rest of this year. The Hatch-McCain understanding does not, under Senate procedures, preclude any other Senator like Dorgan, or the anti-supplement, DSHEA-hating Dick Durbin (the Assistant Senate Majority Leader), from filing a Motion to Discharge S.3002 from the Senate HELP committee, where it currently is. If this happens the bill can be sent directly to the full Senate for a passage vote.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

March 10, 2010

Nurse Practitioners to Patients: Can We Talk?
New Survey Shows NPs Want to Educate Patients About Dietary Supplement Usage
WASHINGTON -- Eighty-five percent of nurse practitioners agree that one of the roles of healthcare professionals is to provide their patients with information about dietary supplements, according to new research from the "Life...supplemented" 2009 Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study. "Supplements can be overlooked, but they shouldn't be," says Barbara Dehn, RN, MS, NP with Women's Physicians in Mountain View, Calif. and advisor to the "Life...supplemented" program. "Nurse practitioners are very interested in integrative healthcare options, looking at the overall wellness picture, and figuring out how we focus on health maintenance and preventive approaches. I recommend my patients start with the basics: eat right, incorporate vitamins and other supplements, and exercise regularly." Nurse Dehn is not alone. According to the study, nurse practitioners are personally incorporating the three pillars of health into their own lives: 84 percent said they try to eat a balanced diet, 95 percent take dietary supplements, and 64 percent exercise regularly. Ninety-six percent of nurse practitioners recommend supplements, and their reasons are varied—most often for bone health (63 percent recommend for this reason), overall health and wellness (47 percent) and to fill nutrition gaps (44 percent).
Read press release at prnewswire.com

March 9, 2010

Low vitamin D may mean fatter, weaker muscles: Study
Insufficient blood levels of vitamin D may be associated with the accumulation of fat in muscle tissue, leading to lower muscle strength, says a new study. A study with 90 young women aged between 16 and 22 found that almost 60 per cent were vitamin D insufficient, and that muscle fat levels were higher in these women, compared with women with normal vitamin D levels, according to findings published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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Political News

March 11, 2010

France accused of 'dragging its heels' on nuclear disarmament
France has been lambasted for "dragging its heels" in committing to nuclear disarmament issues. Gareth Evans, co-chairman of the International Commission on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, said Paris "appears determined not to commit to a nuclear-free world." Calling on the French to give a "clear commitment" to disarmament, the former Australian foreign minister said that failure to reach international agreement on such issues could have "serious" political ramifications.
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: In order to protect its multi-billion euro global markets, the Oil and Drug cartel must not only eliminate any internal resistance within Europe. It must also take decisive action to defend its global investment markets around the world. Significantly, therefore, the leading export nations of the Cartel are also the leading military and nuclear powers in Europe, whose governments – including France – are committed to defending its interests at any price.

February 27, 2010

Wads of cash and free ski trips on the EU gravy train
Campaigners last night stepped up demands for a crackdown on the European Union gravy train after new revelations emerged about how ­taxpayers’ money is routinely squandered. Astonishing new details about Euro MPs’ expenses included hundreds of pounds handed out in brown envelopes to their visitors to cover food and travel with no receipts needed.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

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