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November 19, 2010

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Natural Health News

November 16, 2010

Rare genetic disorder highlights importance of selenium
A rare genetic disorder has highlighted the importance to human health of selenium, a little known trace element.
Read article at physorg.com

November 15, 2010

Calcium plus vit D effective for bone density boost: Study
Combined supplements of vitamin D and calcium are effective for increasing the bone mineral density of post-menopausal women, even when calcium intakes are adequate, says a new study from Finland. The bone mineral density (BMD) of post-menopausal women increased significantly more when they received daily doses of 800 International Units of vitamin D (cholocalciferol) and 1,000 milligrams of calcium for three years, compared with women who received no intervention.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

November 15, 2010

Regular exercise reduces large number of health risks including dementia and some cancers
People who take regular exercise could reduce their risk of developing around two dozen physical and mental health conditions - including some cancers and dementia - and slow down how quickly their body deteriorates as they age.
Read article at physorg.com

November 12, 2010

Liquorice root may protect brain cells
A neuroscientist at the University of South Carolina is conducting research on a compound found in liquorice root that could prevent or slow down the cell death associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Read article at physorg.com

November 8, 2010

DHA improves memory and cognitive function in older adults
A study published in the November edition of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association suggests that taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may improve memory and learning in older adults with mild cognitive impairments.
Read article at esciencenews.com

October 29, 2010

B-vitamins ease depression among stroke victims
Victims of stroke who regularly take B-vitamins are better able to combat depression. Researchers demonstrated for the first time that they could reduce the risk of depressive symptoms after stroke with the help of vitamins, said Osvaldo Almeida, research director at The Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing. “Previous work had suggested that certain vitamins could have a role in preventing depression,” the journal Annals of Neurology quoted Almeida as saying. “However, we found that the stroke survivors who took daily folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 were half as likely to become depressed,” according to a statement of The Western Australian Centre.
Read article in The Hindu (India)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 16, 2010

Diabetes drug may have killed 500 in France: authorities
French health authorities sounded an alert Tuesday to patients who took a diabetes drug believed to have killed 500 people over three decades in France before it was banned last year. Drug safety body Afssaps urged patients who used Mediator, a drug for overweight people with diabetes that was also used as an appetite suppressant, to see their doctors if they had taken it for more than three months. "Analyses by expert epidemiologists estimate that about 500 deaths could be attributable to benfluorex," Mediator's active ingredient, since its launch in France in 1976, Afssaps said in a statement.
Read article at physorg.com

November 15, 2010

Prescribed medicines are responsible for over 3 percent of road traffic crashes in France
To mark The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which takes place on Sunday November 21st, PLoS Medicine publishes two research articles on Road Traffic Crashes.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: One of the research articles, published in this week's PLoS Medicine, found that the use of prescription drugs is associated with a substantial number of road traffic crashes in France. Providing strong evidence for the contribution of various drugs to the risk of experiencing a road traffic crash, the study’s authors state that a follow-up study is needed to evaluate the impact of a warning labeling system on road traffic crash prevention.

November 15, 2010

A Scandal In The UK Over Benzodiazepines
Back in 1982, the UK’s Medical Research Council agreed that large studies should examine the long-term impact of benzodiazepines after research showed brain shrinkage in some patients that was similar to the effects of long-term alcohol abuse. But newly uncovered documents indicate studies were never begun and docs continued writing millions of scrips annually for such drugs as Valium, Mogadon and Librium. Today, there are an estimated 1.5 million “involuntary addicts” in the UK, and many display symptoms consistent with brain damage. The documents, which were marked “closed until 2014″, do not make clear why a study was not begun and the Department of Health has no record of the meeting, according to The Independent, which obtained the documents.
Read article at pharmalot.com

November 10, 2010

Research strengthens evidence of link between paracetamol use in pregnancy and childhood asthma
Evidence suggesting that the risk of childhood asthma associated with prenatal paracetamol exposure may depend on antioxidant genes in the mother has been found by a team of UK scientists. The results of their study - which strengthens the argument for a causal link between paracetamol exposure in early life and later childhood asthma - are published online (10 November) in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Read article at physorg.com

November 9, 2010

Glaxo Failed to Warn About Paxil Risks, Lawyer Says at Philadelphia Trial
GlaxoSmithKline Plc, the U.K.’s largest drugmaker, failed to properly warn consumers that its antidepressant drug Paxil could cause birth defects, a lawyer for the family of an injured teenager told jurors. Glaxo had research from the 1980s showing Paxil caused deaths among the offspring of animal test subjects and didn’t provide clear warnings about the deaths, Kimberly Baden, a lawyer for Anna Blyth and her family, told a Philadelphia jury today. Baden said the drug caused a narrowing of the aorta leading from the heart of Anna, now 14 years old.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

October 31, 2010

The Starfield revelation, revisited
In the summer of the year 2000, it was a bolt out of the blue. The revelation. I come back to it for various reasons—this time because I’ve been reading doctors’ attacks on the nutritional industry: “fraudulent claims, quackery, unproven science, theft.” You’ve heard all the accusations. It’s interesting that these doctors don’t bother to examine their own profession. If they did, they would fall through the deep hole, and they might never find their way back to the top. On July 26, 2000, Dr. Barbara Starfield published her landmark study, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). At the time, Starfield was working at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She still is. She is, as you can see, an insider. You don’t have your papers published in JAMA if you’re not. Among her findings? The annual figure for deaths caused by medical drugs in the US is 106,000.
Read blog entry by Jon Rappoport at wordpress.com

October 28, 2010

British company link to drug used in execution
The suspected source of the drug used in the execution of death-row prisoners in the US has been identified as a British company in Berkshire. Archimedes Pharma – which is based in Reading and describes itself as a "fast-growing specialty pharmaceutical business marketing a portfolio of products to specialist prescribers" – confirmed last night that it did produce the drug sodium thiopental. But it denied it was involved in the export of the drug to the United States. The company's directors are now under pressure to disclose the identity of all third parties that may have supplied the state of Arizona, which yesterday used a lethal injection to put to death the convicted murderer Jeffrey Landrigan.
Read article in the Independent (UK)
Comment: Nuremberg Pharma Tribunal records clearly show that the deadly medical experiments conducted in Auschwitz and other WWII concentration camps were contracted by the pharmaceutical divisions of IG Farben Cartel members Bayer and Hoechst. The “drugs” injected into tens of thousands of innocent inmates were previously untested chemicals patented by Bayer and other IG Farben firms. Most of the victims died during these cruel experiments. Those who survived were frequently sent to the gas chambers. Even the pellets for the gassing – Zyklon B – were provided by subsidiaries of IG Farben. As such, viewed in this historical light, some might argue that suspected links between the modern-day pharmaceutical industry and the supply of drugs used to execute prisoners are anything but surprising.

October 15, 2010

Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Breast Cancer Risk
After reviewing a number of published studies, researchers from the University of Athens in Greece concluded that antibiotics use appears to be linked to a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
Read article at medicalnewstoday.com

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GMO News

October 27, 2010

Newly Disclosed Government Documents Conclude GE Salmon Pose A Critical Threat To Marine Environments
Adding a new twist to the controversy over genetically engineered (GE) salmon, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) revealed today that, in recent hearings on transgenic fish, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knowingly withheld a Federal Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prohibiting the use of transgenic salmon in open-water net pens pursuant to the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). “This adds further evidence that in fact GE salmon pose a serious threat to marine environments and is another compelling reason for the FDA not to approve the fish for commercial use,” said Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety.
Read article at ge-fish.org

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Other Health-related News

November 15, 2010

Chinese medicine interests say EU Herbal Directive discriminates against non-European traditions and needs reform
At a poll held at a meeting of UK stakeholders representing non-European traditional medical systems, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda, the majority considered an EU directive on herbal medicine to be discriminatory of their tradition. In the same poll, 76% considered that the EU directive was unfair, unsuitable and in need of amendment. The attendees agreed to form a united working group to deal with changes resulting from the new legislation. Held at University College London’s Old Refectory on Friday 12 November, 2010, the meeting was organised by the UK Chinese Medicine Council (CMC) and chaired by Professor Man Fong Mei of the CMC and David Tredinnick MP, chairman of the UK Parliamentary Group for Complementary and Integrated Healthcare.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe)

November 14, 2010

Lack of vitamin D poses diabetes risk
Could lack of enough exposure to sunlight turning you a diabetic? In a first-of-its-kind study in India, doctors have found a clear link between Vitamin D deficiency — sunlight being its major source for humans — and a spurt in blood sugar levels. A team of doctors from Fortis Hospital in the Capital, headed by Dr Anoop Misra, conducted a study on 184 patients, who visited its OPDs. Among them, 92 were suffering from Type 2 diabetics, while the rest were found to be healthy. The health parameters of both these groups — matched for age, gender and body weight — were compared. Severe vitamin D deficiency was significantly more prevalent among diabetic patients (nearly 58%) than non-diabetic ones (33%).
Read article in The Times of India

November 13, 2010

'Naked' scanners at US airports may be dangerous: scientists
Some US scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners now being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe. "They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays," Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine, told AFP. "No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are hazardous but we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner," he said.
Read article at physorg.com

November 12, 2010

Increase in rickets in Southampton astonishes doctors
More than 20% of children tested for bone problems in Southampton showed signs of the crippling disease rickets, a health trust has revealed. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Prof Nicholas Clarke checked more than 200 of the city's children for bone problems caused by a lack of vitamin D. He was astonished by the results, which, he said, were "very reminiscent of 17th Century England". The disease can lead to deformities like bowed legs as well stunted growth. Prof Clarke, based at Southampton General Hospital, said vitamin D supplements should be more widely adopted to halt the rise in cases.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

November 11, 2010

Vitamin C And The Law
A Personal Viewpoint by Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D.
As a patient, you have the right to any therapy that is not prohibitively expensive, established to be effective, and not prohibitively toxic. Any physician, or panel of hospital-based physicians, claiming that vitamin C is experimental, unapproved, and/or posing unwarranted risks to the health of the patient, is really only demonstrating a complete and total ignorance or denial of the scientific literature. A serious question as to what the real motivations might be in the withholding of such a therapy then arises. A doctor has the right to refuse to see you or treat you. A doctor does not have the right to deny you any therapy that is inexpensive and known to be effective and nontoxic; if there is toxicity involved, the patient can discharge his responsibility for such toxicity with proper informed consent. A doctor does not have the right to deny you consultation with another doctor that may have conflicting medical points of view. Just as ignorance of the law is no sound defense to legal charges brought against you, ignorance of medical fact is ultimately no sound defense for a doctor withholding valid treatment, especially when that information can be easily accessed.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

November 9, 2010

EU urged to introduce nutrition risk screening
Slovenian MEP Alojz Peterle has called for mandatory nutrition risk screening to help tackle the problem of malnutrition. Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, the centre-right deputy said he plans to launch a resolution calling for pan-European screening for all hospital patients. Peterle, co-chairman of parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee's working group on health, hosted the Nutrition Day conference. He said, "Malnutrition is associated with a whole host of public health concerns and chronic conditions - including obesity, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, some cancers and certain rare diseases. All of these place a considerable economic burden on healthcare systems, particularly as society continues to age."
Read article at theparliament.com

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Political News

November 13, 2010

Nazis Were Given ‘Safe Haven’ in U.S., Report Says
WASHINGTON — A secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad. The 600-page report, which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, provides new evidence about more than two dozen of the most notorious Nazi cases of the last three decades.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

September 20, 2010

"Manufacturing Dissent": the Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites
Under contemporary capitalism, the illusion of democracy must prevail. It is in the interest of the corporate elites to accept dissent and protest as a feature of the system inasmuch as they do not threaten the established social order. The purpose is not to repress dissent, but, on the contrary, to shape and mould the protest movement, to set the outer limits of dissent. To maintain their legitimacy, the economic elites favor limited and controlled forms of opposition, with a view to preventing the development of radical forms of protest, which might shake the very foundations and institutions of global capitalism. In other words, "manufacturing dissent" acts as a "safety valve", which protects and sustains the New World Order. To be effective, however, the process of "manufacturing dissent" must be carefully regulated and monitored by those who are the object of the protest movement.
Read article by Michel Chossudovsky on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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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