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May 21, 2010

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Natural Health News

May 16, 2010

Vitamin E may protect lungs
People who take vitamin E supplements regularly for years -- whether they are smokers or nonsmokers -- may lower their risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the lung condition that is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
Read article at cnn.com

May 14, 2010

Iron Supplements Effectively Treat Kids' Breath-Holding Spells
For many children, “I'm going to hold my breath until I pass out” is not an idle threat. An estimated one in 20 kids suffer from breath-holding spells, which come when they are upset, in pain or surprised. In some cases, the children twitch and jerk around involuntarily, as if they are having a seizure. Their faces sometimes turn blue or pale and they often faint. It can be scary for parents and often frightening for kids too, who aren’t thought to be able to make the spells come on voluntarily. Some kids might faint several times a day, distracting everyone around them. Now, a new review of existing research - two studies - finds that a small daily dose of iron reduced or eliminated incidents of breath-holding spells more than 90 percent of the time.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 17, 2010

Australian Parents ‘Pimp’ Their Kids For Flu Trial?
A controversy appears to be emerging in Australia over payments made to parents who have enrolled children as young as six months old in H1N1 flu vaccine trials sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline. In some instances, parents were enrolling three children at a time and receiving $900, according to The Herald Sun, which notes the payments may breach national ethical guidelines.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 17, 2010

Pfizer Settles Neurontin Suit Over Minister’s Death
Pfizer Inc. agreed to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit alleging its Neurontin epilepsy medicine caused a retired minister to commit suicide two months after he started taking the drug. Lawyers for New York-based Pfizer, the world’s biggest drugmaker, told a judge in Nashville, Tennessee, they resolved claims by the family of Richard Smith, which were set to go to trial today. It’s the second settlement of claims that officials of a Pfizer unit knew the epilepsy drug posed a suicide risk and failed to disclose it to patients and doctors.
Read article at businessweek.com

May 11, 2010

European Agency Should Release Side Effect Reports
The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) recently refused to release documents containing suspected adverse reactions caused by Accutane (which is called Roaccutane in the UK), after a law firm in two years ago Ireland requested info that dated back to 1992. At issue were reports linking the acne drug to suicidal tendencies, a topic that has been the subject of controversy and litigation for years (see here). And so European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros yesterday vigorously disagreed with the EMEA argument that transparency rules do not apply to these reports. “EMEA plays a crucial role in the approval and monitoring of medicines placed on the market,” he said in a statement. “Since its work has a direct impact on the health of European citizens, it is of utmost importance for EMEA to give the widest possible access to documents and also to pursue a pro-active information policy for the benefit of citizens.”
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 10, 2010

Drugs for Ulcer, Heartburn Linked to Infections
AstraZeneca Plc’s Nexium, Pfizer Inc.’s Protonix and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s Prevacid, ulcer drugs also prescribed for indigestion, were linked to a higher risk of bone fractures in older women and to a diarrhea-causing infection, two studies found.
Read article at businessweek.com

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GMO News

May 19, 2010

Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil
GM Meltdown Continues
Scientists go public on devastating ecological impacts of Roundup Ready cropping systems while USDA keeps mum.
Read report by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

May 14, 2010

SA 'dumps GM maize around Africa'
Johannesburg - South Africa has dumped genetically modified (GM) maize on African markets, the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) alleged on Friday. "In the last four months, South Africa has dumped almost 300 000 metric tons of GM maize on to Kenya, Mozambique and Swaziland," it said in a statement. This was revealed in its study, "Good neighbour? South Africa forcing GM maize onto African markets and policy makers", ACB said.
Read article at news24.com (South Africa)
Comment: To download the African Centre for Biosafety study, click here.

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Other Health-related News

May 19, 2010

Chinese traditional medicine interests express grave concerns over European legislation
Following ANH International's one week visit to China, strong expressions of interest from Government officials, trade groups and research institutions were made in relation to contesting European laws that will come into effect in April 2011.
Read press release on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) Europe

May 18, 2010

Older adults need higher remedial doses of vitamin D deficiency: Study
Older adults suffering vitamin D deficiency need higher remedial doses than younger adults, according to a new research review.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 18, 2010

Consensus and Melamine – A Tale of Two Codex Cities
The National Health Federation did not just attend the recent Codex Committee on Food Labelling meeting held earlier this month in Quebec City, Canada, it also attended the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) meeting held in mid-April in Paris, France as well as the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) meeting held in late April in Izmir, Turkey. On the issues of concern to NHF, we were quite vocal at both meetings and definitely drove our points home.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

May 14, 2010

Not enough vitamin D may boost depression risk
They say sunshine can cheer you up, but insufficient levels of the sunshine vitamin may also increase your risk of developing depression, says a joint study from Italy and the US. Both men and women over the age of 65 have increased risk of depressive symptoms if they have low vitamin D levels, with the association stronger in women than men, according to findings published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 14, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency may raise caesarean risk
Women with insufficient vitamin D intake during pregnancy may be at increased risk for birth by caesarean section, study findings suggest. Of 253 women who gave birth in a Boston, Massachusetts hospital, those deficient in vitamin D were nearly 4-times more likely to deliver by caesarean section than women with higher levels of vitamin D, report Dr. Michael F. Holick and colleagues.
Read article in the Montreal Gazette (Canada)

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Political News

May 14, 2010

Ex-commissioners face conflict of interest accusations
Transparency International, an international NGO which fights corruption, expressed "strong concern" after four former commissioners in the Barroso I executive had accepted positions in the private sector. A fierce integrity debate flared up when Benita Ferrero-Waldner of Austria, who held the external relations portfolio in the Barroso I Commission, Germany's Günter Verheugen (enterprise and industry), Ireland's Charlie McCreevy (internal market) and Bulgaria's Meglena Kuneva (consumer protection), assumed corporate jobs.
Read article at euractiv.com
Comment: To read the Transparency International press release, click here.

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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