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October 4, 2010

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Natural Health News

September 23, 2010

Vitamin C rapidly improves emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients, researchers say
Treatment with vitamin C rapidly improves the emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients, according to a study carried out by researchers at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and the affiliated Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI).
Read article at physorg.com

September 22, 2010

Omega-3 may improve cardio measures in overweight teens: Study
Daily supplements of the omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may improve blood pressure levels in slightly overweight teenage boys.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 20, 2010

Review supports antioxidants for fertility, sperm quality
Antioxidant supplements, including vitamins C and E and selenium, may improve sperm quality and pregnancy rates, according to a systematic review of evidence. Evidence from randomized controlled trials was found to support a link between antioxidant supplementation and improvements in male fertility linked to sperm quality, according to a review published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

September 10, 2010

Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 May Help with Digestive Inflammation
Inflammatory bowel disease is an inflammatory condition of the intestines that has no known cause, but is thought to involve an immune reaction of the body to its own intestinal lining. There are two forms of inflammatory bowel disease: ulcerative colitis (UC), which is limited to the colon, and Crohn’s Disease (CD), which can involve any part of the digestive system.  It is estimated that over one million Americans suffer from either UC or CD. Now a new study has found that folic acid and vitamin B12 may help with the inflammation that characterizes inflammatory bowel disease, especially in Crohn’s disease patients.
Read article at naturalhealthresearch.org

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

September 23, 2010

Glaxo’s Avandia to Be Pulled in EU, Restricted in U.S.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Avandia, once the world’s best-selling diabetes drug, will be withdrawn in Europe and restricted in the U.S. after a three-year review of the medicine’s heart risks. Glaxo said it will stop promoting the drug in all countries after the decisions announced today by the European Medicines Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Read article at businessweek.com
Comment: According to a U.S. Senate committee report released in February 2010, Avandia is linked with tens of thousands of heart attacks and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline knew of the risks for years but worked to keep them from the public. The 334-page report also criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying that it overlooked or overrode safety concerns found by its staff.

September 23, 2010

Novartis Hid Health Risks of Bone Drugs, Lawyer Tells Jury in New Jersey
Novartis AG officials hid the health risks of the drugmaker’s bone-strengthening medicines Aredia and Zometa, which a woman says destroyed her jaw, a lawyer told a New Jersey jury. Novartis executives knew as early as 2002 that Jane Bessemer and other cancer patients taking Aredia and Zometa to slow bone loss during treatment may suffer irreplaceable jawbone damage, Bob Germany, a lawyer for the plaintiff, said in opening statements in the trial of Bessemer’s lawsuit over the medicines. Bessemer and other patients wouldn’t have suffered disfiguring injuries if officials of Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis “had told the public what they knew” about the drugs’ risks, Germany told jurors in New Brunswick, New Jersey, today.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

September 22, 2010

Antipsychotic drugs 'appear to raise blood clot risk'
Antipsychotic drugs taken by thousands in the UK raise the risk of dangerous blood clots, scientists believe. The latest research, published in the British Medical Journal, provides the strongest evidence yet of a link. People given antipsychotics in the past two years had a third greater risk of clots like deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

September 14, 2010

Bone-Loss Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Uncommon Thigh Break, Report Says
Drugs to prevent bone loss, including Merck & Co.’s Fosamax, Roche Holding AG’s Boniva and Novartis AG’s Reclast, may be linked to an increased risk of fractures to the thigh bone, researchers said. As many as 94 percent of 310 patients who had an uncommon type of fracture to the thigh bone were also taking one of the bone-loss drugs called bisphosphonates, according a report released today by the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Read article at bloomberg.com

September 14, 2010

Study links Voltaren to strokes
There are calls today for one of Australia's top-selling painkillers to be banned, after another study linked it to an increased chance of stroke in healthy people.
Commonly sold as Voltaren, diclofenac is available in a number of brands and is as dangerous as the arthritis drug Vioxx, according to the author of the study.
Read article on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

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GMO News

September 20, 2010

Study finds danger in GM herbicide
Herbicides frequently used in conjunction with genetically modified soya are highly toxic and can cause damage to human health, a summary of scientific studies has claimed. Glyphosate, a chemical found in herbicides commonly used on GM crops, damages human embryonic cells and placental cells when exposed to concentrations below those recommended for agricultural use, according to the study which was published in Brussels last week.
Read article in the Irish Times (Ireland)

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Other Health-related News

September 21, 2010

Scientific American Falls for Drug Company Propaganda
The editors of Scientific American say that the FDA should hold foods “to the same scientific standards as those for drugs.” This proves that even the smartest people can sometimes reach conclusions completely lacking in common sense. Big Pharma’s company line—that food and supplements should be treated like drugs—is often quoted by policy-makers and analysts. What they don’t realize is that it both defies logic and tramples free speech about science.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

September 21, 2010

EU Commission hearing exposes fatal flaws in water fluoridation
“VOICE, along with other environmental and health campaigners and international scientists, have presented detailed evidence of the adverse effects of adding fluoride to drinking water at an EU public hearing held in Brussels” said VOICE spokesperson Robert Pocock, who made a presentation to the public hearing in Brussels. “Its effects on bone and tooth enamel, the brain, kidney, thyroid function and the endocrine system regulating the body’s hormones were confirmed by reference to extensive scientific research” continued the spokesperson. Ireland and the UK are the only EU member states to deliberately fluoridate their citizens. The European Commission’s scientific committee on health and environmental risks (SCHER) is critically reviewing fluoride and fluoridation chemicals, following repeated questions from VOICE and other organisations, and Irish and UK MEPs. The committee’s preliminary opinion has already stated that water fluoridation is a crude and rather ineffective form of systemic fluoride treatment for which there is no detectable threshold for dental and bone damage.
Read press release on the Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) website (Ireland)

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Political News

September 20, 2010

Lack of transparency 'endemic' in EU institutions
A group of Brussels-based lobby organisations say a lack of transparency is becoming "endemic" among EU institutions. The alliance say that European commission proposals would "substantially restrict" the number of documents made available to the public. ClientEarth, Transport & Environment, the European Environmental Bureau and BirdLife International say the documents include those containing environmental and other information relevant to EU policies. The attack comes as ClientEarth said it was suing the commission and the council over EU regulations regarding public access to documents.
Read article at the parliament.com

September 8, 2010

Nuremberg is valid precedent for Iraq trials
Recently in Dublin, anti-war protesters threw eggs and shoes at Tony Blair. During a TV interview, he showed a flash of exasperation when asked to explain why people thought that he was a war criminal. His annoyance at the question is little consolation for the thousands of families who lost loved ones during that illegal war. Blair should be tried under principles established for the Nuremberg trials, together with former president George W Bush and his advisers who orchestrated the Iraq war. The Nuremberg Principles, a set of guidelines established after World War II to try Nazi party members, were developed to determine what constitutes a war crime. Those principles could also be applied today, when judging the conditions that led to the Iraq war and in the process to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, many of them children, and to the devastation of a country’s infrastructure.
Read article by Dr Cesar Chelala, MD, PhD, in the Gulf Times (Qatar)

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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