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February 11, 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

February 8, 2011

Astaxanthin shows potential for brain health: Human study
Daily supplements of astaxanthin – the pigment that gives salmon its pink color – may reduce the abnormal accumulation of compounds associated with dementia, says a new study from Japan. Twelve weeks of supplementation with astaxanthin were associated with significant reductions in levels of compounds called phospholipid hydroperoxides (PLOOH), known to accumulate abnormally in the red blood cells (erythrocytes) of people with dementia, compared with placebo.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.org

February 8, 2011

Food for thought – diet does boost your intelligence
Children brought up on healthy diets are more intelligent compared with their junk food eating counterparts, new research suggests. Toddlers fed a diet packed high in fats, sugars, and processed foods had lower IQs than those fed pasta, salads and fruit, it was found.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

February 7, 2011

Sun exposure, vitamin D may lower risk of multiple sclerosis
People who spend more time in the sun and those with higher vitamin D levels may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published in the February 8, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Read article at physorg.com

February 7, 2011

Vitamin D linked to colon cancer protection: Meta-analysis
High blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new meta-analysis of observational studies from an international team of researchers. Analysis of data from nine studies revealed that, for every 10 nanograms per milliliter increase in levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) the associated risk of colorectal cancer decreased by 15 percent.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

February 7, 2011

Grapes may ease liver disease: study
University of Queensland Diamantina Institute PhD student, Veronique Chachay, hopes to determine if a nutrient found in grape skin could hold the key to better managing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Ms. Chachay is currently recruiting people to participate in an eight-week clinical trial. She is interested in hearing from men aged between 18 and 65 years with abdominal obesity, who have been diagnosed with fatty liver, and who are not taking any diabetic medication. Resveratrol (RSV), an antioxidant nutrient found in about 300 plants including grape skin, peanuts and berries, has been found to benefit cardiovascular health, and early clinical trials are under way to determine any benefits for cancer prevention and treatment, degenerative and aging diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: To examine the latest research showing how specific plant-derived compounds such as resveratrol, green tea extracts, quercetin, curcumin and cruciferous vegetable extracts can be effective in protecting the healthy functioning of our body cells, click here to visit the phytobiologicals.com website.

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 7, 2011

Drugs for Schizophrenia May Exacerbate Loss of Brain Tissue, Study Finds
Anti-psychotic drugs from AstraZeneca Plc and Johnson & Johnson may lead to loss of brain tissue or exacerbate declines in brain volume caused by schizophrenia, a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found. Researchers tracked 211 patients with newly diagnosed schizophrenia to determine if the progressive loss of brain tissue widely attributed to the disease may be affected by drugs to treat it, severity of the illness or substance abuse. More antipsychotic drug treatment, including duration and intensity, was linked to greater declines in brain volume. Severity of disease, alcohol and illegal drug use had no effect.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

February 7, 2011

Glaxo Said to Pay $250 Million to Resolve Avandia Suits
GlaxoSmithKline Plc agreed to pay more than $250 million to resolve about 5,500 claims related to its Avandia diabetes drug and avoid the first trial over claims it can kill users, two people familiar with the accords said. Glaxo, the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker, agreed to settle the lawsuits claiming the drug causes heart attacks and strokes for an average of at least $46,000 each, said the people, who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Read article at businessweek.com
Comment: According to a U.S. Senate committee report released in February 2010, Glaxo’s diabetes drug Avandia is linked with tens of thousands of heart attacks and the company knew of the risks for years but worked to keep them from the public. The 334-page report also criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying that it overlooked or overrode safety concerns found by its staff. To learn how diabetes can be eradicated naturally, without the use of dangerous synthetic drugs, click here.

February 3, 2011

Pharma giant Merck faces trial over Merced plant
Residents say water, air were contaminated.
A company once owned by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. exposed residents near its now-shuttered Merced plant to cancer-causing chemicals, then covered up the contamination for years and downplayed its severity, a lawyer said Thursday.
Read article in the Fresno Bee (California, USA)

February 2, 2011

Roche Med Linked To Fatal Side Effects
File this under ‘going from bad to worse.’ Just a few weeks after the FDA decided to rescind the breast cancer indication for Avastin, the med sold by Roche’s Genentech unit is now linked to an increased risk of causing a fatal reaction when combined with chemotherapy, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (here is the abstract).
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 27, 2011

Bayer Settles Multi-Million With Hemophiliacs Over HIV Tainted Blood
The Coalition Against Bayer pharmaceuticals (CBG) announces that Bayer and Baxter settled a mulit-million dollar compensation suit with hemophiliacs in 22 countries who were victims, infected with HIV or hepatitis C having been infused with tainted blood plasma products in the 1980s. In 2003, The New York Times reported that a division of Bayer pharmaceutical knowingly continued to sell its AIDS infected blood product to countries in Asia and Latin America to get rid of inventory: "the company hoped to preserve the profit margin from 'several large fixed-price contracts." The Bayer-Baxter settlement prohibits the victims and their lawyers from speaking about the arrangement. Philipp Mimkes from the Coalition (CBG) welcomes the settlement, but asks: “why is BAYER concealing the payments? Why are the media not able to report on this precedent? It is outrageous that the companies who knowingly infected thousands of haemophiliacs are blackmailing the victims not to talk about this important development!”
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (USA)
Comment: We suspect some might argue this issue is one of many aspects of its history that Bayer would perhaps prefer not to be publicized. During the German Nazi regime, Bayer was a member of the IG Farben Cartel that, in conducting forced medical experiments upon concentration camp inmates, showed total disregard for human life and human values. In 1948, at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, directors of IG Farben were sentenced for plunder, slavery, mass murder and other crimes against humanity. One of the convicted war criminals at Nuremberg was Fritz ter Meer. A member of the IG Farben executive committee between 1925 and 1945 who had responsibility for the construction and operation of the IG Farben factory at the Auschwitz concentration camp, ter Meer was condemned by the Nuremberg court to seven years imprisonment. Unbelievably, however, despite his appalling crimes, he was released after serving only two years. In 1956, despite knowing that he was a convicted war criminal, Bayer appointed ter Meer as chairman of its supervisory board, a post he went on to hold for 8 years.

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GMO News

February 6, 2011

GM crops to be allowed into Britain under controversial EU plans
Genetically modified crops will be allowed to enter the UK food chain without the need for regulatory clearance for the first time under controversial plans expected to be approved this week. The Observer understands that the UK intends to back EU plans permitting the importing of animal feed containing traces of unauthorised GM crops in a move that has alarmed environmental groups.
Read article in The Observer
Comment: Patents on GM seeds, and the multi-billion dollar potential profits and market control that may result from them, are increasingly acting as powerful incentives for GM manufacturers to find ways of forcing GM foods onto consumers' dinner plates, regardless of the possible dangers to human health. As such, by permitting GM crops to enter the food chain without the need for regulatory clearance, British Prime Minister David Cameron will be sending a clear signal that he sees the profits of multi-billion dollar biotech companies as being more important than protecting the health of the British people and the welfare of the environment.

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Other Health-related News

February 7, 2011

Lifestyle affects life expectancy more than genetics
How long your parents lived does not affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. It is often assumed that people with parents who lived to be very old are more likely to live to a grand old age themselves. "But that's just not true – our study shows that hereditary factors don't play a major role and that lifestyle has the biggest impact," says professor emeritus Lars Wilhelmsen, referring to the 1913 Men study that formed the basis of the current research.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Recent research conducted by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute shows that, in contrast to health scare propaganda being pushed by the pharmaceutical industry, the inheriting of genetic risk factors for particular diseases does not necessitate the prescribing of patented chemical drugs. For example, diets enriched with specific combinations of micronutrients can help control important mechanisms contributing to cardiovascular disease – even in cases with a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular problems. To learn more about the cutting-edge natural health research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, click here.

February 7, 2011

Exposure to pesticides in womb linked to learning disabilities
Babies exposed to high levels of pesticides while in the womb may suffer from learning problems, a new study suggests. The study focused on a chemical called permethrin, one of the pyrethroid pesticides, commonly used in agriculture and to kill termites, fleas and household bugs, says lead author Megan Horton of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health.
Read article in USA Today

February 4, 2011

Study highlights vital role of magnesium in type 2 diabetes
Low magnesium status may exacerbate the symptoms of type 2 diabetes by further influencing insulin status, according to new research. The study, published in Clinical Nutrition, finds that long-term hyperglycemia (a condition that leads to excess levels of magnesium in the urine) in patients with type-2 diabetes increases the risk of chronic complications such as nephropathy and may exacerbate and aggravate other clinical conditions associated with diabetes.
The authors said that an adequate magnesium intake is essential for subjects with type-2 diabetes, noting that magnesium intake was inadequate in most (82 percent) of the diabetic subjects studied.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: To read scientific publications showing how an optimum intake of vitamins and other micronutrients can help prevent diabetes and correct existing diabetic conditions and complications, click here.

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Political News

February 6, 2011

Bush trip to Switzerland called off amid threats of protests, legal action
A planned trip to Switzerland this week by George W. Bush was canceled after human rights activists called for demonstrations and threatened legal action over allegations that the former president sanctioned the torture of terrorism suspects. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and several European human rights groups said they were planning to file a complaint against Bush and wanted Swiss prosecutors to open a criminal case against him once he arrived in the country.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

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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