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May 28, 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 20, 2010

Organic beetroot boosts stamina: Study
Drinking organic beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help you exercise for up to 15 per cent longer, according to a study published by the UK University of Exeter's School of Sport and Health Sciences. Study leader Professor Andy Jones said: “Our study is the first to show that nitrate-rich food can increase exercise endurance. We were amazed by the effects of beetroot juice on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training.” In addition to endurance athletes, the research team believes drinking beetroot juice could also benefit elderly people or those with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases. “I am also keen to explore the relevance of the findings to those people who suffer from poor fitness and may be able to use dietary supplements to help them go about their daily lives,” said Jones.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: Additional research from the UK suggests that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure.

May 19, 2010

Researchers find daily ginger consumption eases muscle pain by 25 percent
For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 21, 2010

Statins could cause liver and kidney problems, research shows
New UK data highlights range of possible problems associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs
Cholesterol-lowering drugs taken by millions of Britons could cause liver, kidney, muscle and eye problems, research out today suggests.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: Side-effects already known to be caused by statins include insomnia, constipation, diarrhoea, headaches, loss of appetite and loss of sensation or pain in the nerve endings of the hands and feet. Despite this, however, cholesterol-lowering drugs have become the single largest business segment of the pharmaceutical drug business, with the global sales of statins now surpassing 200 billion dollars per year. To achieve these sales, the entire cholesterol business is built on fear – the fear that cholesterol causes heart attacks. While this scare has become a gold mine for the drug companies, the economic burden of this business is ultimately carried by us, the people. Health professionals, political decision takers and hundreds of millions of patients worldwide therefore have the right to know: What are the proven facts – and what is the fiction promoted by the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical investment business with patented cholesterol-lowering drugs? To learn the facts about cholesterol drugs, click here. To learn how coronary heart disease occurs exactly for the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does – a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery wall – click here.

May 19, 2010

Regular Use of Aspirin Increases Risk of Crohn's Disease by 5 Times, Study Finds
People who take aspirin regularly for a year or more may be at an increased risk of developing Crohn's disease, according to a new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Read article at sciencedaily.com
Comment: Crohn's disease is by no means the only hazard that regular users of aspirin face. Other known effects that result from the use of the drug include a significantly increased risk of hearing loss; a raised risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer; and a risk of internal bleeding, including bleeding in the brain.

May 19, 2010

Expert panel to view confidential swine flu papers
Expert panel examining WHO's swine flu handling to review confidential contracts with industry
GENEVA -- An expert panel investigating the World Health Organization's response to last year's swine flu outbreak said Wednesday it wants to see confidential exchanges between the U.N. body and drug companies. The 29-member panel will seek WHO records and correspondence from before and after the H1N1 strain was declared a pandemic in June, said committee chairman Harvey Fineberg, who is also president of the Institute of Medicine in Washington. "We will want to have access to certain confidential documents that may be in place here at WHO or elsewhere," Fineberg told reporters in Geneva.
Read Associated Press news report at yahoo.com

May 19, 2010

Taking common blood pressure drugs while pregnant 'increases risk of hyperactive children'
Taking common blood pressure drugs while pregnant significantly increases the chances of having hyperactive children, a new study shows.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

May 18, 2010

New study examines hearing loss, Viagra use
Research by a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) professor shows an association between hearing loss and the use of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.
Read article at physorg.com

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GMO News

May 26, 2010

Glyphosate Tolerant Crops Bring Diseases and Death
New research reveals disastrous ecological impacts of the world’s top herbicide and GM crops made tolerant to it.
Read report by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Brett Cherry on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

May 13, 2010

Companies Put Restrictions On Research into GM Crops
A battle is quietly being waged between the industry that produces genetically modified seeds and scientists trying to investigate the environmental impacts of engineered crops. Although companies such as Monsanto have recently given ground, researchers say these firms are still loath to allow independent analyses of their patented — and profitable — seeds.
Read article by Bruce Stutz on the Yale Environment 360 website (USA)

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Other Health-related News

May 26, 2010

Vitamin E Research Ignored by Major News Media
If you think Medline and Wikipedia are biased, take a look through your newspapers and magazines. For example, have you noticed how the news media are quick to publish negative allegations about vitamin E, but slow to present the positive side?
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

May 19, 2010

Pesticides linked to high risk of ADHD in children
Exposure to pesticides known as organophosphates may increase risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD in children, a new study suggests. Researchers tested urine samples from pediatric subjects and found that those with high levels of pesticides were about twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with undetected levels in their urine.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

May 19, 2010

'Naked' scanners may increase cancer risk
· Airport scanners may increase risk of cancer
· Radiation "dangerously underestimated"
· Skin around face, neck most at risk
US scientists are warning that radiation from controversial full-body airport scanners has been dangerously underestimated and could lead to an increased risk of skin cancer - particularly in children. University of California biochemist David Agard said that unlike other scanners, the radiation from these devices is delivered at low energy beam levels, with most of the dose concentrated in the skin and underlying tissue.
Read article at news.com.au (Australia)

May 6, 2010

President's Cancer Panel: Organic Foods Reduce Environmental Risks
The President's Cancer Panel Report released today exhorts consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, and growth hormones to help decrease their exposure to environmental chemicals that can increase their risk of contracting cancer. Organic products avoid the use of these chemicals. "Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing, to the extent possible, food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers... Similarly, exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat raised without these medications," according to the landmark report, "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now," submitted to President Obama by Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., an oncologist and professor of surgery at Howard University, and Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, an immunologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Read article at foxbusiness.com (USA)
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Political News

May 21, 2010

Merkel and Cameron disagree on EU treaty change
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday (21 May) rejected the the idea of a new EU treaty change to accommodate German chancellor Angela Merkel's vision of stronger economic co-ordination in the EU. "There is no question of agreeing to a treaty that transfers powers from Westminster to Brussels. Britain is obviously not in the eurozone and is not going to be joining, so it wouldn't agree to any treaty that drew us further into the euro area," Mr Cameron said on Friday (21 May) during a joint press conference with Ms Merkel in Berlin.
Read article at euobserver.com

May 20, 2010

Cannes hears call for ‘war criminals’ Bush, Blair to face trial
CANNES, France — Director Ken Loach, in Cannes with his Iraq war film, called Thursday for the "war criminals" George W. Bush and Tony Blair to be tried for launching the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. "We have to keep pursuing Blair, Bush and the others until we have them in the dock," he said as he arrived for a red carpet premiere of his film "Route Irish" which is in the running for the festival's Palme d'Or top prize. "It's certainly true that the people who started the war, who are war criminals, have not been called to account," said Loach, whose new work probes the murky world of private security contractors in Iraq.
Read article on the Raw Story website (USA)

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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