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May 14, 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

May 11, 2010

Study: Folate helps repair damage linked to aging and disease
For more than half a century, scientists have known the importance of folate for good health, especially for expectant mothers. But now, researchers at the University of Florida have discovered an entirely new role the vitamin plays in maintaining health: it helps moderate oxidative stress, which is linked to aging and disease
Read article at physorg.com

May 11, 2010

Chromium picolinate may boost elderly memory
Supplements of chromium picolinate may boost memory function in the elderly, says a new placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Writing in the findings published in Nutritional Neuroscience, scientists by University of Cincinnati College of Medicine report that daily supplements of the compound improved learning, recall, and recognition memory tasks.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 10, 2010

Folic acid found to improve vascular function in amenorrheic runners
A study led by sports medicine researcher Anne Hoch, D.O. at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has found that oral folic acid may provide a safe and inexpensive treatment to improve vascular function in young female runners who are amenorrheic (not menstruating). The study is published in the May 2010 issue of Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.
Read article at physorg.com

May 10, 2010

NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone Loss
NASA-sponsored studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may play a role in mitigating bone breakdown that occurs during spaceflight and in osteoporosis. Ongoing research for decades has looked for ways to stop bone density loss in astronauts. The solution could have significant implications for space travelers and those susceptible to bone loss on Earth.
Read article at physorg.com

May 10, 2010

Eating nuts can lower cholesterol, say experts
Eating nuts may help lower cholesterol levels, US research suggests. The review of 25 studies, involving nearly 600 people, showed eating on average 67g of nuts - a small bag - a day reduced cholesterol levels by 7.4%.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 11, 2010

Glaxo Said to Pay About $60 Million in First Settlements of Avandia Drug
GlaxoSmithKline Plc agreed to pay about $60 million in the first settlements of lawsuits alleging the company’s Avandia diabetes drug causes heart attacks and strokes in some users, people familiar with the accords said. Glaxo, the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker, agreed to resolve more than 700 Avandia suits filed by three attorneys, including Houston-based plaintiffs’ lawyer Mark Lanier and Philadelphia- based litigator Sol Weiss, the people said. The settlements come as Glaxo is scheduled to face its first Avandia trial in state court in Philadelphia in July.
Read article at bloomberg.com

May 5, 2010

EU parliament urged to investigate H1N1 outbreak
More than 200 deputies have signed a proposal calling for a special committee on the H1N1 pandemic. The members, who come from across the political divide, said one of its aims would be to evaluate the EU's dependence on the World Health Organisation. Speaking at a news conference in parliament on Wednesday, Belgian Greens MEP Isabelle Durant said the management of the outbreak had "seriously undermined the credibility of, and confidence in our institutions".
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: Evidence suggests that drug companies manipulated the World Health Organisation into downgrading its definition of a pandemic so they could earn billions of dollars from the H1N1 outbreak.

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GMO News

May 10, 2010

EU’s Pro-Industry GMO Regulators Endanger Public Health Petition for Independent Science in GMO Risk Assessment
EU watchdog attempts to undermine already lax regulations to speed up commercial approval of risky GM products
The European Commission (EC) is pandering to the commercial aspirations of the biotech corporations while putting the health of European citizens at risk from genetically modified (GM) products that have never been adequately assessed, said Dr. Brian John of GM-Free Cymru in the UK.
Read press release by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

April 20, 2010

Governments using flawed food production data to justify GM expansion
Governments and pro-agribusiness groups are using flawed data on food production requirements to push for an expansion of GM food crops, claims a new report from the Soil Association.
Read article in Natural Products Magazine (UK)

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Other Health-related News

May 11, 2010

Many pregnant women not getting enough vitamin D
Seven out of every ten pregnant women in the United States are not getting enough Vitamin D according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. While prenatal vitamins do raise Vitamin D levels during pregnancy, the study shows that higher doses may be needed for many women.
Read article at physorg.com

May 11, 2010

Mainstream herbal sales soar, says report
US sales of herbal supplements in mainstream market channels last year saw the largest growth levels in recent memory, according to a new report from The American Botanical Council (ABC).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 10, 2010

New vitamin D recommendations for older men and women
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has released a new position statement on Vitamin D for older adults which makes important recommendations for vitamin D nutrition from an evidence-based perspective.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: The IOF’s new recommendations state that the estimated average vitamin D requirement of older adults to reach a serum 25OHD level of 75 nmol/l (30ng/ml) is 20 to 25 µg/day (800 to 1000 IU/day). Intakes may need to increase to as much as 50 µg(2000IU) per day in individuals who are obese, have osteoporosis, limited sun exposure (e.g. housebound or institutionalised), or have malabsorption.

May 6, 2010

'Mixed bag' ruling from European Court on French vitamin case
An important ruling was handed down by the European Court of Justice on 29th April 2010. The ruling relates to a case brought by the vitamin company, Solgar, and a range of other food supplement interests challenging decisions by France to set highly restrictive maximum levels for vitamins and minerals prior to the European Commission's planned EU-wide harmonisation of Maximum Permitted Levels (MPLs). In a nutshell, the European Court of Justice has further cemented a fundamentally flawed approach to risk management, which is in the process of being developed for EU-wide implementation by the European Commission. There is however, the glimmer of a silver lining, at least around parts of the Court's judgement. Probably the brightest light comes from the Court's decision to bar either national governments or, by inference, the European Commission, from implementing excessively low maximum levels without demonstrating any "genuine" or "real" risks to human health. We feel that this 'supreme view' from the highest court in Europe could pave the way for preventing disproportionate bans on particular molecular forms of nutrients that are known to be safe (and beneficial) at supplemental doses currently used.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) Europe
Comment: The “government” of the Brussels EU – the unelected EU Commission – is soon expected to be making an announcement on proposed new maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements. If you live in the EU, click here to visit the website of the European Referendum Initiative and sign the petition for a referendum on natural remedies, which aims to guarantee free access to scientifically based natural health remedies for all EU citizens via the holding of a referendum in all 27 EU Member States. To read the full ruling of the European Court of Justice on the French vitamin case, click here.

May 6, 2010

Good news at Codex this week
While you may be hearing “woe is me” information about the recent Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) meeting being held at the Quebec City Convention Centre here in Quebec City, Canada this week, the truth is actually quite different. Far from being a situation where the anti-genetically-modified (GM) food labeling forces (i.e., pro-GM foods) are advancing, they are in headlong retreat! And if we may say so, we should know because the National Health Federation has been in the thick of the fight on this issue, even in the special, closed Codex meetings, which we can attend due to our special accredited status with Codex. Our outspoken, strong stance that GM foods should be labeled as such so that the consumer can make an informed purchase must be hitting some raw nerves since I had a number of delegates scream at me during yesterday’s breakout session. But bottom-line: We are winning. It may seem glacially slow, even imperceptible to an outside observer; but NHF can tell you that the movement is steadily in our favor and direction.
Read press release by Codex delegate Scott Tips on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

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Political News

May 7, 2010

N.Korean leader vows to revive nuclear talks
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il vowed during a visit to China this week to try to revive stalled nuclear disarmament talks, Beijing media said Friday in its first confirmation of the secretive trip. "Kim said that the DPRK (North Korea) will work with China to create favourable conditions for restarting the six-party talks," Xinhua news agency reported, without saying whether he made a firm commitment to return to dialogue.
Read AFP news report at yahoo.com

May 6, 2010

Several EU member states 'on brink of financial meltdown'
Senior Spanish MEP Alejo Vidal-Quadras has said that not only Greece but other member states are "on the brink" of financial meltdown. Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, Vidal-Quadras said the EU faced "the biggest challenge" in its history. The Spanish centre-right deputy said, "We are on the brink of the abyss.”
Read article at theparliament.com

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. Citizens of the UK can find additional UK-orientated news stories on the Reject the EU website.

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