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November 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

November 2, 2010

Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Researchers for the first time have shown that drinking beet juice can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults – a finding that could hold great potential for combating the progression of dementia.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Other research suggests drinking beetroot juice could boost performance and endurance during athletic activity and significantly reduce blood pressure.

November 1, 2010

Daily exercise helps keep the sniffles away
Regular exercise can improve your mood, help you lose weight, and add years to your life. Still need another reason to hit the gym? A new study suggests that working out regularly helps ward off colds and flu. In the study, researchers followed a group of about 1,000 adults of all ages for 12 weeks during the winter and fall of 2008. During that time, people who logged at least 20 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise—such as jogging, biking, or swimming—on five or more days per week were sick with cold or flu symptoms for just five days, on average, compared with about 8.5 days among people who exercised one day per week or less. What's more, regular exercisers tended to have milder symptoms when they were ill.
Read article at cnn.com

October 28, 2010

Americans with 'phytonutrient gap' fall short in nutrients that may support immune health
The majority of Americans report getting a cold or flu in the past year, and more than a third say they'll make lifestyle changes to prevent getting sick again this year. However, 40 percent of Americans don't plan to take what is arguably the easiest and tastiest step to help potentially prevent illness this cold and flu season – eat more fruits and vegetables daily. According to a newly released report, America's Phytonutrient Report: Immune Health by Color, American adults who fall short in meeting their recommended daily fruit and vegetable intakes, are also likely to fall short in vitamins A, C, and E, zinc and selenium, all nutrients research suggests may support a healthy immune system.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: As this article describes, one way to increase intake of phytonutrients and nutrients associated with immune function is to take plant-based supplements. To read studies on the health benefits of phytobiologicals, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 1, 2010

Novartis Officials Hid Bone Drugs' Risks, Lawyer Tells Jurors
Novartis AG officials downplayed risks that the drugmaker’s bone-strengthening medicines Aredia and Zometa could destroy patients’ jaws, a lawyer for a woman suing the company told a North Carolina jury. Officials of the Basel, Switzerland-based drug company got reports from doctors as early as 2002 that Rita Fussman and other cancer patients taking Aredia and Zometa to prevent bone loss during treatment suffered irreplaceable jawbone damage, Bob Germany, a lawyer for Fussman’s family, said in opening statements in a trial over the medicines.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

November 1, 2010

Medical Journals Have Their Own Conflicts Of Interest
Much attention has been paid to conflicts of interest relating to the pharmaceutical industry, but where do medical journals fit in this equation? A new study notes that journals also have vested interests that warrant disclosure. Specifically, industry-supported clinical trials can boost a journal’s so-called impact factor by generating greater distribution of reprints that increase citation rates and, of course, revenue. The trials are often supported by drugmakers, which purchase reprints.
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 29, 2010

U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents
Reversing a longstanding policy, the federal government said on Friday that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. The new position could have a huge impact on medicine and on the biotechnology industry. The new position was declared in a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Department of Justice late Friday in a case involving two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. “We acknowledge that this conclusion is contrary to the longstanding practice of the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the practice of the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies that have in the past sought and obtained patents for isolated genomic DNA,” the brief said.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: The U.S. federal government should be applauded for taking this important position against the multi-trillion dollar “business with disease.” The human genome − the blueprint of life and the biological basis of our existence − belongs to all mankind. Efforts to own this genetic code with the goal to re-build, sell and manipulate the human body or parts of it for corporate gain, should therefore be prohibited.

October 19, 2010

When big pharma breaks the law, prosecute the CEO
Patient safety will remain at risk until big pharma's top executives are brought to book for their companies' actions, says Paul Thacker.
Read article in New Scientist magazine

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GMO News

November 2, 2010

India Uprising against GM Crops
Indian farmers have been mobilizing to protest the introduction of genetically modified crops into India and what they see as a takeover of Indian agriculture by Monsanto and other multinational biotech giants. The protesters say the crops are disrupting the domestic seed market and reducing income for all farmers.
Read article on the EIN News website

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Other Health-related News

October 28, 2010

Bisphenol-A now linked to male infertility
A controversial chemical used for decades in the mass production of food containers and baby bottles has been linked to male infertility for the first time. Bisphenol-A (BPA), known as the "gender bending" chemical because of its connection to male impotence, has now been shown to decrease sperm mobility and quality. The findings are likely to increase pressure on governments around the world to follow Canada and ban the substance from our shelves.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 27, 2010

New research links soft drinks to type 2 diabetes
Regularly drinking even as little as one can of pop a day could raise your risk of type 2 diabetes, new research reveals. It's no secret that drinking too many soft drinks can lead to weight gain. But this study is the largest yet to look at the drinks' link to diabetes and a pre-diabetes condition called metabolic syndrome.
Researchers with the Harvard School of Public Health looked at 11 recent studies on the risk of diabetes and sugar-sweetened beverages -- which include soft drinks, but also bottled iced tea and fruit-flavoured drinks and flavoured waters. The studies involved more than 300,000 adults. The researchers found that regularly drinking just one 350-millilitre serving of a sugary drink a day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 15 per cent, compared with those who consumed less than one sugary drink per month. Drinking one or two soft drinks a day boosted the risk by 26 per cent.
Read article on the CTV website (Canada)

October 18, 2010

So, what's in a placebo, anyway?
Despite carrying monikers like 'fake' or 'dummy' or 'sham,' some placebo pills may be potent enough to taint medical research results, hints a new review of more than 150 clinical trials. This time researchers aren't just talking about a 'placebo effect' on the mind, but rather physiological effects of the pills' constituents on the body. What's more, they found that less than one out of every 10 studies published in four top medical journals actually divulged what ingredients were used in placebo pills. "We've been trained to associate placebos with being inert," lead researcher Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the University of California, San Diego, told Reuters Health. "But there isn't evidence that anything is truly physiologically inert." "This really does question the primary foundation on which medical care is based," added Golomb.
Read news report at reuters.com

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Political News

October 25, 2010

The Tea Party movement: deluded and inspired by billionaires
By funding numerous rightwing organisations, the mega-rich Koch brothers have duped millions into supporting big business
The Tea Party movement is remarkable in two respects. It is one of the biggest exercises in false consciousness the world has seen – and the biggest Astroturf operation in history. These accomplishments are closely related. An Astroturf campaign is a fake grassroots movement: it purports to be a spontaneous uprising of concerned citizens, but in reality it is founded and funded by elite interests. Some Astroturf campaigns have no grassroots component at all. Others catalyse and direct real mobilisations. The Tea Party belongs in the second category. It is mostly composed of passionate, well-meaning people who think they are fighting elite power, unaware that they have been organised by the very interests they believe they are confronting. We now have powerful evidence that the movement was established and has been guided with the help of money from billionaires and big business.
Read article by George Monbiot in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: To understand how the goal of special interests – namely, the Oil and Drug Cartel – in the US today is to transform democratic society into a corporate dictatorship, thus enabling multi-trillion dollar corporations to exert direct control over the political executive and the country, click here to read the latest Open Letter by Dr. Rath, published 1 November in the New York Times.

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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