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July 30, 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

July 22, 2010

Vitamins needed to help celiacs stave off bone disease
Children with celiac disease need to include certain must-have vitamins in their diets to stave off weak bones and osteoporosis, say researchers at the University of Alberta. A study of 43 children and teens from three to 18 years of age diagnosed with celiac disease showed that they also tended to have low bone density, likely due to poor intake and absorption of vitamins and minerals. That means they should be getting more of bone-boosting vitamins such as K and D in their diets, says Diana Mager, a professor of agricultural, food and nutritional science at the U of A, and one of the researchers on the project.
Read article at physorg.com

July 20, 2010

Vitamin C blocks tumour growth: study
New Zealand researchers have established that vitamin C can help to block the growth of cancer cells - an important experimental finding they expect could be quickly adopted into cancer treatment.
Read article in the New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Comment: Along with the New York Times’ July 26 article on vitamin D, the publication of this study shows we are gradually entering the era when open acknowledgement of the health benefits of vitamins will become routine. To read about Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking scientific discovery showing how a nutrient combination - including vitamin C, the amino acids L-lysine and L-proline and the green tea extract EGCG - works synergistically to stop the spread of cancer cells through connective tissue, click here.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

July 22, 2010

Vioxx cases urgent: barrister
The Federal Court should expedite the cases of hundreds of Australians who had heart attacks after taking the anti-arthritis drug Vioxx so they do not die before receiving compensation, a barrister has argued. Julian Burnside, QC, made the plea at a directions hearing in Melbourne yesterday after a judge this year found Vioxx doubled the risk of heart attack and the Australian subsidiary of Merck, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, had breached the Trade Practices Act by selling it.
Read article in The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

July 21, 2010

Two More Med Schools To End Pharma Funding
Two more colleges are in the process of restricting funding from industry. Harvard Medical School will prohibit its 11,000 faculty from giving promotional talks for drug and device makers and accepting personal gifts, travel, or meals, The Boston Globe writes. And Central Michigan University may not accept money upcoming continuing medical education programs, according to Central Michigan Life.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 20, 2010

Nigeria: Trovan Case - New Victims Sue Pfizer for U.S.$384 Billion
Abuja — Victims of the 1996 Pfizer meningitis trovan vaccine test which caused over 200 deaths and several others permanent disability have again sued the drugs manufacturing giant for a whopping sum of $384 billion. The victims, numbering 192, who have just surfaced, are claiming the colossal sum as damages from Pfizer Incorporated and Pfizer Specialities for the injuries they were made to suffer by the negative effect of the untested vaccines administered on them.
Read article at allafrica.com

July 18, 2010

Prescription drug epidemic spreads to babies
Dr. Mary Newport sees the symptoms more and more in the babies she treats: oddly stiff limbs, severe tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, crying that never stops. The common denominator: Their mothers were taking prescription drugs, mostly painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, and antianxiety drugs like Xanax during pregnancy.
Read article in the St. Petersburg Times (Florida/USA)

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GMO News

July 14, 2010

Bayer Loses Fifth Straight Trial Over U.S Rice Crops
Bayer AG lost its fifth straight trial over contaminated U.S. long-grain rice to a Louisiana farmer who claimed the company’s carelessness with its genetically engineered seed caused exports to plunge. A jury in St. Louis said today the company should pay damages of $500,248. The company previously lost two trials in state court and two in federal, for a total of more than $52 million in jury awards. It faces about 500 additional lawsuits in federal and state courts with claims by 6,600 plaintiffs.
Read article at businessweek.com

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Other Health-related News

July 28, 2010

Pesticide levels in NZ food unacceptable – lobbyists
The levels of pesticide residue present in New Zealand fruit and vegetables, shown in a study released yesterday, are the worst ever, say pro-organic food lobby groups.
Read article in the New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Comment: The recent New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) survey reported on in this article revealed that 94 per cent of fruit and vegetable samples contained traces of pesticides, with 11 out of 23 cucumber samples containing residues of the banned chemical endosulfan and 9 out of 24 bok choy samples containing illegal levels of chlorothalonil. Worryingly, therefore, studies carried out in other areas of the world have resulted in similar findings. A report published in the European Union (EU) in 2008, for example, found that fruits, vegetables and cereals sold in the EU now contain record levels of pesticides. Almost half of the fruits, vegetables and cereals examined were found to be contaminated with pesticides, with 23 pesticides being detected at levels high enough to present an acute risk to public health – according to the EU’s own risk calculations.

July 26, 2010

What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D
Vitamin D promises to be the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the decade. While studies continue to refine optimal blood levels and recommended dietary amounts, the fact remains that a huge part of the population — from robust newborns to the frail elderly, and many others in between — are deficient in this essential nutrient.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: As this important New York Times article points out, studies indicate that the effects of vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing (and dying from) cancers of the colon, breast and prostate; high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease; osteoarthritis; and immune-system abnormalities that can result in infections and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. In our opinion, therefore, the New York Times’ decision to publish this article marks a watershed event in the worldwide media’s gradual progression from decades of ambiguous reporting on the supposed 'dangers' of vitamins to open acknowledgement of their numerous health benefits.

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Political News

July 27, 2010

Iraq inquiry: Former UN inspector Blix says war illegal
The UN's former chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has said it is his "firm view" that the Iraq war was illegal.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

July 24, 2010

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima'
The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle
Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study. Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents. Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

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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