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October 21, 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

October 18, 2010

Vitamin B12 may reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease
A new study shows that vitamin B12 may protect against Alzheimer's disease, adding more evidence to the scientific debate about whether the vitamin is effective in reducing the risk of memory loss. The research will be published in the October 19, 2010, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Read article at physorg.com

October 14, 2010

Multivitamin use linked to fewer heart attacks for women
Women who take a daily multivitamin may be at a reduced risk of heart attacks, according to new research. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, observed multivitamin use to be inversely associated with myocardial infarction in women with no history of cardiovascular disease.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: By confirming that multivitamins reduce the risk of heart attacks, this study provides further clinical support for the findings of the Dr. Rath Research Institute and proves that Dr. Rath has been right all along. To read the abstract for this study, click here.

October 14, 2010

Pine bark extract may relieve tinnitus symptoms: Study
Daily supplements of French maritime pine bark extract may ease tinnitus, a result that offers hope to the estimated 15m Americans who consider their tinnitus to be a serious problem. According to findings published in the peer-review journal Panminerva Medica, daily supplements of the branded ingredient Pycnogenol may improve blood flow to the inner ear and therefore relieve tinnitus symptoms.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

October 13, 2010

Study finds watermelon lowers blood pressure
No matter how you slice it, watermelon has a lot going for it –– sweet, low calorie, high fiber, nutrient rich –– and now, there’s more. Evidence from a pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. It is the first investigation of its kind in humans. FSU Assistant Professor Arturo Figueroa and Professor Bahram H. Arjmandi found that six grams of watermelon extract a day for six weeks increased aortic blood flow and consequently lowered blood pressure in all nine of their prehypertensive subjects (four men and five postmenopausal women, ages 51-57).
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 18, 2010

Study Shows HRT Even Riskier Than Thought
Latest analysis finds combo of estrogen/progestin upped chances of more deadly breast cancer
Not only does prolonged use of hormone replacement therapy raise the risk of breast cancer, new research finds, but it also ups the risk for more severe forms of the disease and increases a woman's chances of dying.
Read article at msn.com

October 18, 2010

Swine flu jab linked to rare nerve disease
Health watchdogs have admitted for the first time that there may be a possible link between the swine flu jab and an increased risk of developing a rare nerve disease. Experts are carrying out studies to examine a possible association between the vaccine and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a condition which attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death. The authorities have always denied any link although it had been suggested a previous swine flu vaccine had caused cases of the disease in America in the 1970s.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 15, 2010

Warning over giving cough syrups to children
Children under 18 should not be given cough syrups containing codeine, drugs regulators have warned, in a further clampdown on over-the-counter drugs. There is no evidence these syrups help children with a cough and the unpredictable side effects of codeine means they should not be used in under 18s, the UK drugs regulator has said. Codeine can be addictive and different people react differently to it with side effects including restlessness or excitation, feeling sick, vomiting, constipation, decreased or lack of appetite, feeling tired or sleeping for longer than normal, and shallow or slow breathing.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 13, 2010

FDA warns of fractures with osteoporosis drugs
Government health officials warned doctors and patients Wednesday about an increased risk of thigh fractures with a widely used group of bone-strengthening drugs. The Food and Drug Administration said patients taking bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax and Boniva appear more likely to suffer a rare type of fracture of the femur.
Read article at physorg.com

October 13, 2010

Pfizer depression drug ineffective, pose health threats: study
Drug maker, Pfizer's antidepressant reboxetine, comes as an "ineffective and potentially harmful" drug and the data presented on the same states that the drug does not live up to the promised standards, claims German researchers. The study published in the British Medical Journal, involved researchers from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) who stated that approximately three quarters of the data on patients which involved the trials of reboxetine has not been released as of now.
Read article at frenchtribune.com

October 7, 2010

Actelion Pharma Failed To Report 3,500 Deaths
During an inspection of Actelion Pharmaceuticals offices in the summer of 2009, the FDA found the drugmaker was repeatedly failing to follow proper procedures for reporting adverse events and, as a result, about 3,500 patient deaths were never filed with the agency.
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 2, 2010

Science for Sale: Protect Yourself From Medical Research Deception
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found over 40 percent of the best designed, peer-reviewed scientific papers published in the world's top medical journals misrepresented the actual findings of the research. The "spin doctors" writing the papers found a way to show treatments worked, when in fact, they didn't.
Read article in The Huffington Post (USA)
Comment: As this article points out, academic medical research has become corrupted by drug industry money and special interests. Similarly, government regulators, rather than dealing with this problem, see the interests of corporate multinationals as being more important than those of the public. Meanwhile, at the global level, to protect the “business with disease,” international bodies such as the UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission are clandestinely engaging in the control and denial of science and are treating natural, non-patentable therapies as an enemy to drug industry profits. To protect yourself from these deceptions and learn the facts about natural therapies, click here and here.

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GMO News

October 8, 2010

What a scientist didn't tell the New York Times about his study on bee deaths
A cheer must have gone up at Bayer on Thursday when a front-page New York Times article, under the headline "Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery," described how a newly released study pinpoints a different cause for the die-off: "a fungus tag-teaming with a virus." The study, written in collaboration with Army scientists at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center outside Baltimore, analyzed the proteins of afflicted bees using a new Army software system. The Bayer pesticides, however, go unmentioned. What the Times article did not explore -- nor did the study disclose -- was the relationship between the study's lead author, Montana bee researcher Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, and Bayer Crop Science. In recent years Bromenshenk has received a significant research grant from Bayer to study bee pollination. Indeed, before receiving the Bayer funding, Bromenshenk was lined up on the opposite side: He had signed on to serve as an expert witness for beekeepers who brought a class-action lawsuit against Bayer in 2003. He then dropped out and received the grant.
Read article at cnn.com

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Other Health-related News

October 19, 2010

Ontario considers curbing vitamin D testing
The much-hyped benefits of vitamin D have become so tantalizing that doctors in Ontario last year ordered nearly three-quarters of a million of the blood tests that determine a patient’s level of the sunshine vitamin. But the growing popularity has become a major issue. The provincial Ministry of Health is mulling over a proposal from its medical advisory committee to eliminate most of the discretion doctors have in asking for the $50 tests and have them paid by the province. The committee says most of the tests are not medically necessary, prompting an outcry from practitioners who have found that many patients have dramatic health improvements after taking megadoses of vitamin D and who believe that the proposal is based on financial considerations rather than patient health.
Read article in the Globe and Mail (Canada)
Comment: Studies show that vitamin D deficiency is now widespread in Canada. So much so, in fact, that two-thirds of the Canadian population now has vitamin D levels below the amounts research has associated with a reduced risk of chronic diseases. As the New York Times recently pointed 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. As such, by claiming that vitamin D tests are not medically necessary, and ignoring research showing that a countrywide program of raising blood levels of vitamin D could save the Canadian health-care system $14-billion a year, the medical advisory committee of Ontario’s Ministry of Health is acting not in the interests of patients, but in those of the pharmaceutical “business with disease.”

October 18, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency puts IBD patients at greater risk of osteoporosis
Vitamin D deficiency puts patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at greater risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia and an overall higher rate of abnormal bone density, according to the results of a new study unveiled today at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 75th Annual Scientific meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The study, "Vitamin D Deficiency and Abnormal DEXA Scans in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients," found that of the 161 IBD patients in the cohort, reduction in bone density with a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia was found in 22 percent of these patients, 50 percent of whom were under age 50.
Read article at physorg.com

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Political News

October 6, 2010

Hitler's Nuremberg Laws End Convoluted Journey at National Archives
Original Nazi Documents Returned to Govt. Hands, Displayed Publicly for First Time
Martin Dannenberg, an Army intelligence officer, was sitting in a German beer hall in April 1945 when a local man approached him, asking for help getting out of the war-torn country. In exchange, he promised him something that would be highly valuable to the Americans. Intrigued, Dannenberg followed the man he called Uncle Hans to a bank vault in the town of Eichstatt, where he found a swastika-embossed envelope containing four of the most symbolic records from the war: original copies of the Nuremberg Laws. The laws, which were signed by Adolf Hitler 75 years ago last month, outlawed marriages and sex between Jews and citizens of "German blood;" stripped Jews of their German citizenship; and established the swastika as the official flag of the Third Reich. They established the legal underpinnings for marginalization of Jews and ultimately set into motion the Holocaust, historians say.
Read article on the ABC News website (USA)
Comment: The placing of the Nuremberg Laws in the U.S. National Archives is a timely reminder that Walter Hallstein, founding president of the European Commission and key architect of the ‘Brussels EU’ had, in 1939, openly called for their imposition in the Nazi-occupied countries as a top priority. Following his career as a prominent law professor under the Nazis, Hallstein held the post of EU Commission President from 1958 to 1967. To learn more about Hallstein and the Nazi roots of the ‘Brussels EU’, click here.

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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