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November 12, 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 9, 2010

Exercise may reduce risk of endometrial cancer
Women who exercise for 150 minutes a week or more may see a reduced risk of endometrial cancer, despite whether or not they are overweight, according to data presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held here Nov. 7-10, 2010. "This study is consistent with other studies that strongly support the association between physical activity and lower risk of endometrial cancer," said Hannah Arem, a doctoral student at Yale School of Public Health.
Read article at physorg.com

November 4, 2010

Sufficient Vitamin D Boosts Leukemia Survival
Patients with insufficient levels of vitamin D when diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) progressed much faster and were about twice as likely to die as were patients with adequate levels of vitamin D, according to a new study published online the journal Blood. Researchers at Mayo Clinic found increasing vitamin D levels across patients matched longer survival times and decreasing levels matched shortening intervals between diagnosis and cancer progression.
Read article at foodproductdesign.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 9, 2010

U.S. doctors still too cozy with drug industry: report
Doctors in the United States are still too cozy with drug companies, although they have managed to break some of those ties, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The team at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital did a national survey of 1,900 primary care doctors in 2009 about their contacts with drug companies. They found 84 percent reported some type of relationship with drug companies, compared with 94 percent in 2004.
Read news report at reuters.com

November 8, 2010

Painkillers 'risky in pregnancy'
Prolonged use of paracetamol and other painkillers during pregnancy may pose a health risk to baby boys, warn experts. Research suggests the drugs increase the risk of undescended testicles in male babies, a condition linked to infertility and cancer in later life. Doctors already advise pregnant women to avoid taking painkillers if possible to protect their unborn child. Experts said the Human Reproduction journal findings warranted further research "as a matter of priority".
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

November 7, 2010

Drugs linked to brain damage 30 years ago
MPs and campaigners predict class action after failures to mount full-scale research into warnings left millions of patients at risk
Secret documents reveal that government-funded experts were warned nearly 30 years ago that tranquillisers that were later prescribed to millions of people could cause brain damage. The Medical Research Council (MRC) agreed in 1982 that there should be large-scale studies to examine the long-term impact of benzodiazepines after research by a leading psychiatrist showed brain shrinkage in some patients similar to the effects of long-term alcohol abuse. However, no such work was ever carried out into the effects of drugs such as Valium, Mogadon and Librium – and doctors went on prescribing them to patients for anxiety, stress, insomnia and muscle spasms.
Read article in the Independent on Sunday (UK)

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GMO News

November 9, 2010

War Over Monsanto Gets Ugly
A delegation of politicians and community activists gathered on August 7 in La Leonesa, a small farm town in Argentina, to hear Dr. Andres Carrasco speak about a study linking a popular herbicide to birth defects in Argentina's agricultural areas. But the presentation never happened. A mob of about 100 people attacked the delegation before they could reach the local school where the talk was to be held. Dr. Carrasco and a colleague locked themselves in a car as the mob yelled threats and beat on the vehicle for two hours. One delegate was hit in the spine and has since suffered lower-body paralysis. Another person was treated for blows to the head. A former provincial human rights official was hit in the face and knocked unconscious. Witnesses said the angry crowd had ties to local officials and agribusiness bosses, and police made little effort to stop the violence, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
Read article at truth-out.org

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Other Health-related News

November 8, 2010

Want some pesticides with that apple?
If new research holds true across the wider population, one mouthful out of five that children eat is tainted with pesticides. A new report has found that more than a fifth of the food eaten by two small groups of U.S. children was tainted with pesticides. Of the food containing pesticides, about one quarter contained more than one kind. All totaled, the researchers testing it found 14 varieties of pesticides.
Read article in the Miami Herald (Florida/USA)

November 2, 2010

Poor Diet May Make COPD Worse, Study Finds
Antioxidant deficiency tied to lower lung function, especially for men
Certain vitamin deficiencies may lead to decreased lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, says a new study.
Read article at businessweek.com

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Political News

November 10, 2010

George Bush could face arrest over sanctioning torture, says leading human rights lawyer
George Bush could face arrest abroad after his frank admissions on waterboarding, a leading human rights lawyers has claimed. Geoffrey Robertson said the former President was now at risk of being detained having sanctioned the controversial interrogation technique. ‘Ignorance of the law is no defence,’ he said. ‘There are countries where proceedings might be instituted against him.’
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)
Comment: The phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques” -- a bureaucratic euphemism for torture techniques such as waterboarding -- represents virtually a literal translation of the term used for similar purposes by the German Gestapo during WWII,” Verschärfte Vernehmung.” Notably, therefore, Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, is alleged to have been a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. Moreover, it has been suggested by some that the money Prescott Bush made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty.

November 9, 2010

90 per cent of EU budget 'materially affected' by irregularities, report finds
More than nine tenths of the EU's budget last year, spending that totalled £94 billion, was "materially affected" by irregularities that included the improper award of contracts worth over £4 billion, Europe's Court of Auditors has found. The findings come amid a heated debate over the size of the EU budget for next year and demands from the European Commission and Parliament to defy national austerity programmes by increasing Brussels spending by six per cent despite 16 years of critical reports by auditors.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (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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