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January 21, 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 19, 2011

Take vitamin D daily, mothers-to-be told
Expectant mothers are being encouraged to take vitamin D supplements during pregnancy as part of efforts to improve the health of the population. The Scottish Government's maternal and infant nutrition strategy includes recommendations on diet, aiming to highlight how nutritional choices start before conception and do not end after breastfeeding. It comes after growing evidence of the importance of vitamin D to people's health, with research linking a deficiency of the nutrient to conditions such as multiple sclerosis and heart disease.
Read article in The Scotsman (Scotland/UK)

January 17, 2011

Essential oil supplementation may ease PMS, says trial
A supplement containing a mix of essential oils and vitamins may significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), according to new research. The study, published in Reproductive Health, reported that women given capsules containing 2 grams of a combination of essential oils – including gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, other polyunsaturated acids and vitamin E – resulted in significantly eased PMS symptoms at both 3 and 6 months after they began supplementation.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 14, 2011

Bioactive compounds in berries can reduce high blood pressure
Eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Additional research suggests that blueberries show anti-diabetic potential and can improve cardiovascular health; counteract intestinal diseases; boost memory in older adults; increase attention span and reverse memory loss.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 18, 2011

Children prescribed antibiotics are twice as likely to develop digestive problems, scientists claim
Young children who are treated with antibiotics are twice as likely to develop digestive problems later on, according to new scientific research. The study, published in the health journal Gut, looked at the medical and prescription records of 580,000 children over an eight-year period. It found that youngsters who had been given one course of medication such as penicillin or other antibiotic treatments by the age of three or four were 1.84 times more likely to be diagnosed later on with bowel disease than those who had never received the drugs. The risk of developing the illness increased by 12 per cent every time the medicines were prescribed, the study found.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

January 17, 2011

Head of 'deadly' diet drug company to face court
The head of France's second largest drugs company whose Mediator diet pills have been linked to up to 2000 deaths has received a court summons next month. Lawyers representing victims of the drug, originally for overweight diabetic patients but long a popular appetite suppressant, have issued a legal complaint against Jacques Servier, 88 and the laboratory he founded and runs. They accuse him of "deliberately misleading patients who were consumers of Mediator on the (drug's) nature, type, substantial qualities, the composition".
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

January 13, 2011

Popular sleep medicine puts older adults at risk for falls, cognitive impairment
Adults who take one of the world's most commonly prescribed sleep medications are significantly more at risk for nighttime falls and potential injury, according to a new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder. The study, which involved 25 healthy adults, showed 58 percent of the older adults and 27 percent of the young adults who took a hypnotic, sleep-inducing drug called zolpidem showed a significant loss of balance when awakened two hours after sleep. The findings are important because falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults, and 30 percent of adults 65 and older who fall require hospitalization each year, said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Kenneth Wright, lead study author.
Read article at physorg.com

January 13, 2011

Minister is linked to diet drug scandal
France’s health minister is embroiled in collusion claims after it was alleged that two former advisers were in the pay of the maker of a drug that killed up to 2,000 people.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Despite repeated warnings from scientists around the world, a deadly pharmaceutical drug, Mediator, was prescribed to 5 million French people. Successive French health ministers ignored scientific advice that the drug – produced by the French pharmaceutical giant, Servier, a company well known for its cult of secrecy and close relations with French politicians – was at best useless, and at worst highly dangerous. Notably, therefore, it has emerged that French President Nicolas Sarkozy – who, in 2004, coerced the marriage between French pharmaceutical dwarf Sanofi and Swiss/German drug giant Aventis/Hoechst – previously worked for Servier as a lawyer.

January 12, 2011

Lawsuits Follow Servier Admission Of Drug Risks
Dozens of French citizens filed lawsuits against Servier yesterday in Paris following an admission by the drugmaker that its Mediator diabetes drug, which was used for decades but banned in 2009 - was linked to an “excess” risk of developing heart-valve damage.
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 11, 2011

Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart problems
Commonly used painkillers for treating inflammation can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to an analysis of the evidence published in the British Medical Journal today. The drugs include traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) as well as new generation anti-inflammatory drugs, known as COX-2 inhibitors.
Read article at physorg.com

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GMO News

January 14, 2011

Monsanto’s Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health
The following article reveals the devastating and unprecedented impact that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is having on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population.
Read article by Jeffrey Smith on the Institute for Responsible Technology website (USA)

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Other Health-related News

January 18, 2011

Researchers find vitamin D absorption is diminished in patients with Crohn's disease
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have for the first time shown that reduced vitamin D absorption in patients with quiescent Crohn's disease (CD) may be the cause for their increased risk for vitamin D deficiency. The findings, which currently appear on-line in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, also showed that the only way to determine absorption efficiency is to perform a vitamin D bioavailability test.
Read article at physorg.com

January 17, 2011

Organic milk delivers more consistent nutrition across seasons
Like produce, milk quality can vary with the season and year. Dairy cows' daily diet, much of which comes from plant forage, determines the nutritional makeup of their milk, so when their food lags in quality, so too does their output. And a new study shows that conventionally produced milk is more prone to these unfavorable seasonal shifts than organic milk.
Read article at scientificamerican.com (USA)

January 13, 2011

Beekeepers Fume at Association's Endorsement of Fatal Insecticides
Britain's beekeepers are at war over their association's endorsement for money of four insecticides, all of them fatal to bees, made by major chemical companies. The British Beekeepers' Association has been selling its logo to four European pesticide producers and is believed to have received about £175,000 in return. The active ingredient chemicals in the four pesticides the beekeepers endorsed are synthetic pyrethroids, which are among the most powerful of modern insect-killers.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

January 6, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame
Yes, that Donald Rumsfeld, the "knowns and unknowns" guy who remarkably executed some of the worst decisions in American foreign policy and got a medal for it. I have been reading up on this strange chapter in the history of Donald Rumsfeld and have learned two things. One, the chemical additive aspartame is very potentially a cancer and brain tumor-causing substance that has no place in our food. And two, the reasons and means by which Rumsfeld helped get it approved are nefarious at best, criminal at worst.
Read article in The Huffington Post (USA)

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Political News

January 18, 2011

Tony Blair ‘Misled Parliament Over Legal Go-Ahead To Invade Iraq’
Tony Blair misled MPs when he suggested in 2003 that Britain could attack Iraq without further United Nations backing, said former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith. He claimed that the then Prime Minster had been given clear legal advice to the contrary.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

January 14, 2011

Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld accused of torture
A US rights group has filed a lawsuit charging former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with involvement in torturing former prisoners in American prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

January 14, 2011

Berlusconi faces new court date after legal defeat
The Italian Premier, Silvio Berlusconi, is set to be hauled back to court on tax evasion and bribery charges after losing the latest battle in his struggle with the country's judiciary. The Constitutional Court in Rome decided yesterday afternoon to throw out key parts of Mr Berlusconi's latest immunity law, which shielded the 74-year-old billionaire from prosecution.
Read article in The Independent (UK)
Comment: Believed to have once been a member of a secret and illegal right-wing Masonic lodge known as P2, or Propaganda Due, Berlusconi has, over the years, been involved in more than a dozen different criminal trials, appeals and other investigations and been accused of fraud, false accounting, bribery and Mafia connections. To learn more about the Italian prime minister and his friends, click here.

January 11, 2011

Danish PM sued over Lisbon Treaty
The Danish Supreme Court on Tuesday (11 January) ruled admissible a complaint filed by 28 citizens who are trying to sue Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen for having adopted the Lisbon Treaty without a referendum. In a surprising ruling, the country's top constitutional judges allowed the plaintiffs to pursue their case against Mr Rasmussen for breach of the constitution. The Supreme Court found that the 28 plaintiffs have a "requisite legal interest in having their claims verified." The group of professors, actors, writers and euro-sceptic politicians mounting the constitutional challenge argues that the Lisbon Treaty does indeed hand over parts of national sovereignty to Brussels and therefore a referendum should have taken place.
Read article at euobserver.com

January 11, 2011

EU financial watchdog 'systemically sabotaged fraud investigations'
The EU's financial watchdog has systemically "sabotaged" investigations and caved into intimidation from countries including France and Italy to cover up fraud, according to a senior official.
Maarten Engwirda, a former Dutch member of European Court of Auditors for 15 years, who retired 10 days ago, has alleged that abuse of EU funds was swept under the carpet by an auditing body that was supposed to expose wrongdoing. "There was a practice of watering down if not completely removing criticism," he told the Dutch Volkskrant newspaper yesterday. Slim Kallas, the European Commission's vice-president, who was responsible for anti-fraud measures from 2004 to 2010 and who is now the EU transport chief, is accused of putting "heavy pressure" on investigators to tone down findings of abuse.
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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