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July 5, 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

June 28, 2010

Sea buckthorn oil may ease dry eye symptoms
An oil rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from sea buckthorn may reduce symptoms of dry eye syndrome, says a new study from the University of Turku. Daily supplements of the oil for three months also produced improvements in symptoms for contact lens wearers, according to findings published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 24, 2010

Researcher Confirms Blueberries Can Improve Cardiovascular Health
Nutritionists have long known that one of Maine’s most prized and prolific natural resources, the wild blueberry, provides health benefits that we’re still just learning about. The Wild Blueberry Association of North America calls the Maine blueberry “nature’s antioxidant superfruit,” and cites its ability to reduce the risks for some of the nation’s leading killers and cripplers — heart disease, hypertension, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Ongoing research by University of Maine professor of clinical nutrition Dorothy Klimis-Zacas and colleagues focuses on the potential of blueberries to protect our blood vessels from degenerative conditions. A leading authority on the health benefits of wild blueberries, Klimis-Zacas has broken new ground in documenting that a wild blueberry-enriched diet can protect the integrity of a thin but vital layer of cells lining the interior of blood vessels that controls constriction or dilation of arteries in the circulatory system.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Additional research suggests that blueberries can counteract intestinal diseases; boost memory in older adults; increase attention span and reverse memory loss.

June 24, 2010

Pine bark extract reduces hay fever symptoms
Pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, substantially reduces the symptoms of hay fever, a new study has shown.
Read article in the Times of India

June 23, 2010

Omega-3 shows benefits against ‘oxidative stress’: Study
The heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA may be related to their ability to reduce oxidative stress, suggests new research. Oxygen-breathing organisms naturally produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which play an important role in a range of functions, including cell signalling. However, over production of these ROS from smoking, pollution, sunlight, high intensity exercise, or simply ageing, may overwhelm the body’s antioxidant defences and lead to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to an increased risk of various diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular disease.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 29, 2010

Study finds serious heart risks with diabetes drug
A large US study has reported serious heart risks with a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. An analysis of 56 clinical trials found Avandia, one of number of drugs manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Cork, increased the chances of a heart attack by 28 to 39 per cent, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
Read article in the Irish Times

June 29, 2010

Nigerians Can Proceed With Their Pfizer Lawsuits
The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Pfizer to overturn a ruling that reinstated lawsuits filed by Nigerian families, who say the drugmaker tested an experimental antibiotic on their children without getting adequate consent.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 25, 2010

Blood pressure drugs taken by millions probed over cancer link
Medicines watchdogs are to investigate blood pressure drugs taken by millions over fears they raise the risk of cancer, it has been announced. The European medicines regulator has announced an investigations into the angiotensin-receptor blockers, or ARBs. It was prompted by an analysis of nine research trials which suggested the drugs may increase the risk of cancer.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

June 25, 2010

Swine flu risk 'was vastly over-rated' by World Health Organisation
Threats of a swine flu pandemic were 'vastly over-rated' by the World Health Organisation, an inquiry has concluded. The Council of Europe last night also accused the UN's health arm of 'grave shortcomings' in the process that led it to declare a pandemic last year.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

June 25, 2010

Merck To Pay $8M In Damages In Fosamax Trial
In replay of a courtroom battle that ended in a mistrial last fall, a federal jury today voted unanimously that Merck’s Fosamax osteoporosis drug was responsible for causing jawbone deterioration suffered by a Florida woman, who was awarded $8 million in compensatory damages (here is the lawsuit).
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 25, 2010

Doc Goes To Jail In Pfizer Research Fraud Case
Scott Reuben, who was accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies that suggested after-surgery benefits from Vioxx and Celebrex, was sentenced to six months in jail plus three years supervised release after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to health care fraud, MassLive reports. The 51-year-old must also repay $361,932 in research grants, forfeit assets worth at least $50,000 and pay a $5,000 fine. The former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center received grants from various drugmakers but never performed the studies, fabricated patient data and submitted info to anesthesiology journals that was unwittingly published. Later, an investigation found 21 papers published in journals between 1996 and 2008 in which Reuben made up some or all of the data (background here and here).
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 23, 2010

GSK Settles 200 Paxil Lawsuits Alleging Birth Defects
GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical company that makes the antidepressant Paxil, has agreed to settle nearly 200 cases brought by plaintiffs who allege that their use of the drug during pregnancy caused their children to be born with birth defects. The cases, all scheduled to go to trial, have been settled pre-trial for undisclosed sums.
Read article at lawyersandsettlements.com (USA)

June 21, 2010

Pfizer Rejected by High Court in Menopause Drug Case
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Pfizer Inc.’s appeal of a verdict for an Arkansas woman who blamed the company’s menopause drugs for her breast cancer, leaving intact a $2.7 million award that may grow with punitive damages. The justices today let stand a lower court decision upholding that award, which marked the first federal verdict against Pfizer’s Wyeth unit over its Prempro hormone-replacement treatment.
Read article at businessweek.com

June 18, 2010

Pfizer Faces Trials in 200 Suits Over Hormone-Drugs
Pfizer Inc. faces a Texas trial over its hormone-replacement drugs after a court overseeing lawsuits over the medicines sent 200 cases back to their home courts. A judge in Galveston, Texas, last week set a May 2011 trial date for Karen Zahn’s claims against Pfizer’s Wyeth unit. Zahn says in her suit that the Prempro menopause drug helped cause her breast cancer. It’s one of the first of more than 8,000 lawsuits over the medicine consolidated in federal court in Arkansas to be returned for trial, plaintiffs’ lawyers said.
Read article at businessweek.com

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Other Health-related News

June 25, 2010

Prince Charles to food industry: 'Your planet needs you'
Food manufacturers and retailers “simply must become stronger advocates of sustainable forms of fishing and of other agriculture” if we are to avert environmental Armageddon, Prince Charles has urged. In an impassioned speech at the global summit of the Consumer Goods Forum this week, the prince attempted to rally the troops – senior executives from the world’s leading consumer goods companies – into embracing more sustainable sourcing policies.
Read article at foodmanufacture.co.uk

June 24, 2010

Not enough folate may quicken hearing loss: Study
Low blood levels of folate are associated with a 35 per cent increased risk of hearing loss, says a new study from Australia that strengthens the link between B vitamins and hearing.
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Political News

June 29, 2010

Britain's Iraq War Inquiry Resumes
Britain's Iraq war inquiry began again on Tuesday after suspending its hearings for the country's general elections. Former U.N. inspector Hans Blix is among those called to appear before the five-member panel in the coming weeks.
Read article on the Voice of America news website (USA)

June 29, 2010

Sir John Chilcot asks lawyers: Was Iraq war legal?
An official verdict on the legality of the Iraq war crept closer today after the Chilcot inquiry called for international lawyers to submit their views on the conflict. Resuming public hearings after a break for the general election, Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot issued an “open invitation” to legal experts to give their judgments on the US-UK invasion in 2003.
Read article in the London Evening Standard (UK)
Comment: Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General at the time of the US-UK invasion of Iraq, openly stated in 2004 that it was an illegal act that contravened the UN charter. We share this opinion and continue to call for former U.S. President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to be held responsible for the deaths of more than one million people in Iraq and put on trial for genocide and other crimes against humanity.

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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