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August 6, 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

August 3, 2010

Fit heart can slow brain ageing, US researchers say
Keeping your heart fit and strong can slow down the ageing of your brain, US researchers say. A Boston University team found healthy people with sluggish hearts that pumped out less blood had "older" brains on scans than others.
Read article on BBC News (UK)

July 30, 2010

Calcium supplements play an important role in maintaining bone health
A broad range of scientific research has demonstrated that an adequate intake of calcium plays an important role in building and maintaining optimum bone mass, and a recent meta-analysis published online in the British Medical Journal should not cause consumers to doubt the value of calcium supplements for maintaining bone health.
Read article at physorg.com

July 29, 2010

Plant compound resveratrol shown to suppress inflammation, free radicals in humans
Resveratrol, a popular plant extract shown to prolong life in yeast and lower animals due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, appears also to suppress inflammation in humans, based on results from the first prospective human trial of the extract conducted by University at Buffalo endocrinologists.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: To access research studies on the health benefits of resveratrol and other plant extracts, click here.

July 29, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency linked to arterial stiffness in black teens
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with arterial stiffness, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, in black teens according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's JCEM. Black teens taking vitamin D supplementation of 2,000 international units (IU) per day had a decrease in central arterial stiffness.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 2, 2010

A Hollywood Star And An Accutane Lawsuit
The usual interaction between Hollywood and the pharmaceutical industry takes place when a celebrity endorses a drug. Roche, for instance, has successfully employed Sally Fields to promote its Boniva med for osteoporosis. Now, though, Roche is about to encounter a Hollywood experience of an entirely different sort - James Marshall, who played a US Marine in the 1992 hit film ‘A Few Good Men,’ claims his acting career was derailed after he used the Accutane acne pill and developed inflammatory bowel disease. His colon was subsequently removed and he is suing the drugmaker for $11 million.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 30, 2010

Health workers fear the dangers of secondhand exposure to chemo drugs
An investigation by InvestigateWest, a nonprofit investigative news organization in the Pacific Northwest, found that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Association does not regulate exposure to these toxins in the workplace, despite studies that document ongoing contamination and exposures. Studies as far back as the 1970s linked increased rates of certain cancers to nurses and physicians. Occupational health experts believe that’s because when nurses, pharmacists, technicians and, increasingly, even veterinarians mix and deliver the drugs, accidental spills, sprays and punctures put them in close, frequent contact with hazardous drugs.
Read article at mlive.com (Michigan/USA)
Comment: Descended from the deadly mustard gas first used against soldiers during World War I, chemotherapy drugs have been classified as hazardous by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration since the mid-1980s. Notably, therefore, a recent 10-year study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control specifically confirms that chemotherapy drugs can be found in the urine of the clinicians who handle them. To learn more about the toxicity of these dangerous drugs, click here.

July 30, 2010

AstraZeneca Settles 4,000 Seroquel Lawsuits
There was news last week that AstraZeneca was settling at least 200 lawsuits that charged the drugmaker with hiding the risks of its Seroquel antipsychotic and links to diabetes (back story). As it turns out, AstraZeneca has agreed in principle to settle nearly 4,000 such claims (see page 34). Terms were not disclosed. AstraZeneca is only the latest big drugmaker to strike settlments with a large number of plaintiffs in ongoing product-liability litigation. Recently, GlaxoSmithKline has done the same concerning lawsuits filed over its Avandia diabetes med and Paxil antidepressant (see here and here). The goal, of course, is to dispense with the litigation before associated costs spiral upwards and further distract managers, all of which combines to unhinge investors if court battles are lost and no end appears in sight.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 28, 2010

New mental health 'bible' will lead to almost everyone having a disorder, warn experts
An updated edition of a mental health bible for doctors could mean that soon no-one will be classed as normal, experts warned today. Diagnoses for 'disorders' could be based on symptoms including toddler tantrums, mild mood swings and binge eating. Sweeping changes are being made to the U.S Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which influences practitioners around the world. However, leading British mental health experts have warned the revisions could devalue the seriousness of mental illness and label almost everyone as having some kind of disorder.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

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GMO News

July 30, 2010

EC approves six GM corn varieties for food and feed
The European Commission authorized six genetically modified (GM) maize varieties for food and feed use on Wednesday after member states failed to return majority decisions for or against on three occasions.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

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Other Health-related News

July 21, 2010

Global Censorship of Health Information
“Around the world governments are policing speech in the market to arrest instances in which therapeutic claims (claims of disease risk reduction, prevention, and treatment) are made for foods and food elements. None of those governments considers it necessary to prove the falsity of the claims before they suppress them. It is enough to justify censorship, under the domestic laws of each nation, to prove that the claims have been made. Truth is no defense. The consequences for the offenders are not simply civil, they are criminal. To make a claim that a product treats a disease and not secure government pre-approval for sale of the product as a drug (an enterprise that from beginning to end costs on average about $600 million or more) is universally a crime. Offenders can be sentenced to prison (indeed for terms that can be the equivalent of a life sentence) and products can be enjoined from sale, seized, and destroyed.”
Read Elissa Meininger’s review of new book by Jonathan Emord at newswithview.com

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Political News

July 30, 2010

UK former deputy PM doubted Iraq WMD intelligence
Britain's deputy prime minister at the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq said on Friday he had doubts about intelligence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, describing some of it as "tittle tattle." John Prescott, who was deputy to Tony Blair during his entire tenure in power, said he thought the intelligence on WMD prior to the war was not "very substantial." Prescott also told an inquiry in London into Britain's role in the conflict that the government's top lawyer had come under great pressure to say whether military action was legal and had not been "a happy bunny."
Read news report at reuters.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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