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January 14, 2011

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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

January 10, 2011

Magnesium supplements may reduce diabetes risk: Study
Supplements of magnesium may improve sensitivity to insulin and help reduce the risk of diabetes in overweight people, suggest new findings from German scientists. Daily supplements of the mineral for six months improved two out of three measures of insulin sensitivity, compared with placebo, while blood sugar levels, measured as fasting levels of glucose in the blood, improved by about 7 percent, report researchers in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

January 5, 2011

Vitamin D may boost urinary tract health: Study
Adequate vitamin D levels may boost the body’s immune response and protect against urinary tract infections, says a new study from Sweden. Vitamin D supplementation was found to promote production of an anti-microbial peptide called cathelicidin in the urinary tract, thereby offering local and site-specific protection, according to findings published in Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE).
Read article at nutraingredients.org

January 4, 2011

Vitamin D could help patients with some types of autoimmune lung disease: Study
A lack of vitamin D has been linked to the development and severity of certain autoimmune lung diseases, a new U.S. study shows.
Read article in the Toronto Sun (Canada)

December 31, 2010

Consistent exercise associated with lower risk of colon cancer death
Consistent exercise is associated with a lower risk of dying from colon cancer, according to a new study led by researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The study is among the first to show that physical activity can make the disease less deadly.
Read article at physorg.com

For more natural health news, visit our 2001-2010 news archive by clicking here.

Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 8, 2011

Roche Sued by Patient Claiming Cancer From Pulled Psoriasis Drug Raptiva
Roche Holding AG’s Genentech Inc. was sued by a Texas psoriasis sufferer who alleges he developed lymphoma while taking Raptiva, a drug the company stopped selling in 2009 when studies linked it to a fatal brain infection. Genentech, a unit of Basel, Switzerland-based drugmaker Roche, began a phased withdrawal of Raptiva in April 2009 after three patients taking it were diagnosed in the preceding six-month period with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, a rare, incurable brain disease. Houston-area psoriasis patient Cary Massa, 51, was diagnosed with classic Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March 2009, after taking Raptiva from February 2006 to January 2008, according to a complaint filed today in Houston federal court.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

January 7, 2011

Capital punishment and Big Pharma's ethics
Is it acceptable for companies that manufacture drugs used in US executions to know that fact yet deny moral responsibility?
On Thursday, the BBC's Today programme ran a story on Reprieve's investigation into the British execution drug export bonanza. While, originally, it seemed that only sodium thiopental was being sourced in the UK, we recently learned that all three chemicals used in lethal injection have been exported by this country – adding pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride to the deadly mix.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: Pharmaceutical companies have a long history of supplying chemicals for killing prisoners. With the industry already having been proven to have supplied the chemicals that killed tens of thousands of prisoners at the Auschwitz WWII concentration camp, it is high time that all modern-day drug companies selling drugs for use in executions are publicly exposed.

January 7, 2011

Autism researcher a 'victim of smear campaign'
The researcher who linked childhood autism to a vaccine and who has been branded a fraud by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said he was the victim of a smear campaign by drug manufacturers. Andrew Wakefield was barred from medical practice last year after the General Medical Council in London found him guilty of "unethical" research that sparked unfounded fears about the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. But in an interview with CNN, Mr Wakefield denied inventing data and blasted a reporter who apparently uncovered the falsifications as a "hit man" doing the bidding of a powerful pharmaceutical industry.
Read article on the ABC News website (Australia)

January 5, 2011

Antibiotic use in infancy may increase risk of childhood asthma
Children who receive antibiotics within the first six months of life are at a significantly increased risk of developing asthma and allergies by 6 years of age, even without a genetic predisposition, new research by the Yale School of Public Health suggests. The findings are reported online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Read article at physorg.com

January 4, 2011

Birmingham court to oversee Pfizer lawsuits
Nearly 1,200 lawsuits nationwide against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. over its anti-smoking drug Chantix are being handled in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. U.S. District Judge Inge Johnson is overseeing pre-trial activity in the cases in which smokers and their families claim that Chantix left them with a variety of psychological problems. More suits are being filed daily from across the country. In some cases, families say their loved ones committed suicide after taking the drug.
Read blog entry by Kent Faulk on the Alabama Live website (USA)

December 27, 2010

8 Professors demand independent investigation of death in clinical trial
Why the tragic case of Dna Markingson and the culpability of the University of Minnesota won't go away...
The disturbing circumstances surrounding the enrollment and subsequent suicide of Dan Markingson (2004) after he was given an experimental antipsychotic drug, Seroquel, as a test subject in AstraZeneca's CAFE trial--having been enrolled while he was hospitalized under an involuntary commitment order--are continuing to generate outrage and dismay. The case against AstraZeneca's corrupt practices is well documented in courts of law and in civil and criminal settlements with the Department of Justice: Kickbacks to physicians, rigged clinical trials in which company officials "cherry picked" the data to be disclosed while "burying" unfavorable study findings, the company's use of "smoke and mirrors" to obscure Seroquel's failed efficacy, AstraZeneca's failure to warn that Seroquel can cause diabetes and other health problems, and its illegal off-label marketing of Seroquel.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (USA)

December 24, 2010

1991-2010 Enormous Scale of Pharma Criminal Fraud Settlements
From 1991-2000 qui tam law suits accounted for only 9% of settlements with the government. But from 2001-2010, qui tam settlements comprised 67% of the billions in payouts.
A report by Public Citizen documents the enormous scale of pharmaceutical industry lawless activities during the past two decades--crimes that resulted in a minimum of $1 million in penalties paid to the government. Between 1991-2010, there were 165 criminal and/or civil settlements by major pharmaceutical companies comprising of $19.8 billion in penalties. Four of the world's largest drug companies--GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Schering-Plough--accounted for 53% ($10.5 billion) of penalties during these two decades.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (USA)

For more pharma "business with disease" news, visit our 2001-2010 news archive by clicking here.

GMO News

January 5, 2011

Genetically modified crops breed economic dependence, new form of slavery, says Cardinal Turkson
VATICAN CITY – If farmers in Africa had greater access to fertile, arable land safe from armed conflict and pollutants, they would not need genetically modified crops to produce food, said the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Making growers reliant on proprietary, genetically modified seeds smacks of “the usual game of economic dependence,” which in turn, “stands out like a new form of slavery,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson. The Ghanaian cardinal’s comments came in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano Jan. 5. It is “a scandal” that nearly 1 billion people suffer from hunger, Cardinal Turkson said, especially since there is more than enough food to feed the whole world.
Read article in The Catholic Review (Maryland/USA)

For more GMO news, visit our 2001-2010 news archive by clicking here.

Other Health-related News

January 11, 2011

Vitamin D3 ’87 percent more potent’ than D2: Study
Vitamin D3 is 87 percent more potent at raising blood levels of the vitamin than vitamin D2, according to a new study from the US. In addition to the increase in potency, results published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism indicate that vitamin D3 also produced a 2- to 3-fold increase in the storage of the vitamin, compared with vitamin D2.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 10, 2011

Half of American adults continue to take supplements: Survey
Use of dietary supplements in the US has risen slightly, with about 50 percent of Americans reporting supplement use, according to a survey of 20,000 people. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements also report for the first time the use of botanical supplements amongst a sample of the US population, with about 20 percent of adults using a dietary supplement with at least one botanical ingredient. Results of the survey are published in the Journal of Nutrition, and used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2003 to 2006.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.org

January 8, 2011

EU organic food push hailed by African farmers
The European Union (EU) is co-funding a $2.8m (£1.8m) publicity campaign to convince UK residents that organic food is good. According to the industry body, the Organic Trade Board (OTB), the aim is to democratise organic foods and make people aware of their benefits.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: As many UK campaigners have already realized, the co-funding of this campaign by the Brussels EU is simply a deeply cynical attempt to try to portray the construct as being “green-friendly” and pro-natural health. For anybody who doubts this, bear in mind that the Brussels EU is simultaneously engaged in the act of approving and promoting the use of genetically modified food, banning hundreds of natural herbal remedies via the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive and aiming to restrict the amounts of vitamins and minerals in supplements via the Food Supplements Directive. Regardless, however, a mere $2.8m of funding in one country cannot change the facts about the Brussels EU.

January 5, 2011

Zero Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs
Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements' Safety Yet Again
There was not even one death caused by a dietary supplement in 2009, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 200-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin. Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid, herb, or dietary mineral supplement.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

December 30, 2010

Research links rise in Falluja birth defects and cancers to US assault
A study examining the causes of a dramatic spike in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Falluja has for the first time concluded that genetic damage could have been caused by weaponry used in US assaults that took place six years ago. The research, which will be published next week, confirms earlier estimates revealed by the Guardian of a major, unexplained rise in cancers and chronic neural-tube, cardiac and skeletal defects in newborns. The authors found that malformations are close to 11 times higher than normal rates, and rose to unprecedented levels in the first half of this year – a period that had not been surveyed in earlier reports.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

For more health-related news, visit our 2001-2010 news archive by clicking here.

Political News

December 31, 2010

Eurozone 'has 80% chance of losing the single currency in next decade,' claims think-tank
There is an 80 per cent chance that the euro will not survive in its current form, a leading think tank has warned. The financial crisis that has crippled Greece and Ireland will spread to other debt-ridden European countries in the New Year, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Among those in the firing line will be Italy and Spain – the third and fourth biggest economies in the single currency bloc behind Germany and France.
Read article in the Daily Mail (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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