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February 25, 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 22, 2011

Daily pill that can stop the ringing in your ears
A mineral found in spinach and other green leafy vegetables is being used to treat people with chronic tinnitus — characterised by an inexplicable ringing or buzzing in the ears. Researchers believe the mineral magnesium plays a key role in protecting our hearing system and that supplements taken daily will reduce tinnitus.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

February 21, 2011

Omega-3s may counter degenerative muscle loss: Study
Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may boost the production of muscle protein in older people, and reduce the risk of degenerative muscle loss, suggest data from a new human trial. Four grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids for eight weeks were found to increase the rate of muscle protein synthesis associated with increased supply of amino acids and insulin, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.org

February 18, 2011

Omega-3 may improve depression measures for seniors: Study
Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve measures of depression in seniors with mild to moderate depression, according to new findings from Iran. Writing in the peer-reviewed European Archives of Psychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience, researchers from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences report that six months of supplementation with 300 mg of both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) resulted in significant improvements in depression scores, as measured by the Geriatric Depression Scale-15.
Read article at nutraingredients.org

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 22, 2011

Pfizer Reaches Deal To Resolve All Trovan Litigation
Nearly 15 years after a clinical trial of its Trovan antibiotic caused a scandal in Nigeria, Pfizer has reached a global settlement that resolves all lawsuits filed both there and in the United States. Terms, however, were not disclosed. The agreement follows another reached in July 2009 with the Kano state government in Nigeria in which Pfizer agreed to pay $75 million to settle civil and criminal charges.
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 22, 2011

FDA Warns Sanofi For Failing To Report Side Effects
In a harsh warning letter, the FDA has reprimanded Sanofi-Aventis for failing to meet regulatory deadlines for reporting serious side effects with many of its drugs, including the Lovenox blood thinner, the Multaq heart drug and the Allegra D allergy pill, and also did not report post-marketing studies or completed, unpublished clinical trials in NDA annual reports. The seven-page missive, which was dated January 28, comes after the agency reviewed Sanofi paperwork last May. And a separate letter dated February 9 notes that a Sanofi plant in Germany has problems with contamination. When it came to reporting adverse events, however, some reporting delays stretched back as far as 2007 - there was a delay of 896 days in reporting side effects associated with the Glyburide diabetes med.
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 17, 2011

AstraZeneca Said to Settle More Seroquel Lawsuits
AstraZeneca Plc agreed to pay $150 million to settle more lawsuits claiming its antipsychotic drug Seroquel causes diabetes, pushing the amount the drugmaker has paid to resolve cases over the medicine to almost $350 million, people familiar with the accords said.
Read article at businessweek.com

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GMO News

February 23, 2011

'New dawn' for GMOs after EU vote, green groups warn
EU member state experts have voted to allow tiny quantities of unapproved genetically modified crops into the Union in the form of animal feed, prompting fierce condemnation from environmental groups, who say the decision sets a dangerous new precedent.
Read article at euobserver.com

February 22, 2011

New Report: GM crop cultivation nosedives across Europe
Cracks widen in biotech industry myths
On the day of the release of annual industry-sponsored figures, a new report from Friends of the Earth International reveals that the cultivation of geneticallymodified (GM) crops across Europe continues to decline – with an increasing number of national bans, and decreasing numbers of hectares dedicated to GM crops. The report, ‘Who Benefits from GM Crops?’, reveals that less than 0.06% of European fields are planted with GM crops – a decline of 23% since 2008. Seven member states uphold bans on Monsanto's GM maize due to growing evidence of its negative environmental impacts. Three countries have banned BASFs GM potato due to health concerns, immediately after its authorisation in spring 2010, and for the first time five member states have sued the European Commission over the authorisation of a GM crop. Public opposition to GM food and feed has increased to 61% Europe wide.
Read press release on the Friends of the Earth Europe website

February 21, 2011

Pathogen New to Science Found in Roundup Ready GM Crops?
USDA senior scientist sends “emergency” warning to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a new plant pathogen in Roundup Ready GM soybean and corn that may be responsible for high rates of infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock.
Read article by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

February 13, 2011

No seeds, no independent research
Companies that genetically engineer crops have a lock on what we know about their safety and benefits. Soybeans, corn, cotton and canola — most of the acres planted in these crops in the United States are genetically altered.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

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Other Health-related News

February 22, 2011

Cellphone Use Tied to Changes in Brain Activity
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna, raising new questions about the health effects of low levels of radiation emitted from cellphones.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

February 17, 2011

Where East and West aren't meeting
Thousands of kilometres away from their fractious border, India and China face a common threat. From May 1, a Brussels diktat known as the herbal directive, will effectively outlaw ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) from the 27-member countries of the European Union. The directive in question was adopted in 2004 but it granted a seven-year grace period to manufacturers of herbal medicines to register, a deadline that expires on April 30.
Read article in the Business Standard (India)

February 17, 2011

NGO set to file THMPD legal challenge by end of March
Non-governmental organisation ANH-International is set to file its legal challenge to the controversial Traditional Herbal Medicines Product Directive (THMPD) at the High Court in London by the end of March, NutraIngredients.com has learnt. ANH-Int (The Alliance for Natural Health International) promotes natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare, and is initiating the High Court action in the hope of getting the case refered to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upon the basis that the directive is ”disproportionate, non-transparent and discriminatory”. From May 1, thousands of herbal products not registered when the 2004 directive is implemented face being outlawed within the EU, where the THMPD ruled that producers of herbal product must register products via national bodies, such as the UK’s MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) by April 30.
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Political News

February 13, 2011

Bush no longer a free man amid torture charges
Retired heads of state and government often travel to reminiscence with old colleagues or polish legacies by pontificating on prevailing issues. A new trend could turn lawyers into travel agents for the lot. A modest example: Former US President George W. Bush planned a Geneva visit on Saturday. He was to deliver a keynote address at a gala the Jewish Keren Haysods organisation held. Mr Bush and pleasant “mum-next-door-type wife,” Laura, stayed home. The Jewish outfit explained security considerations aborted the trip. Not so, said several United States and Swiss human rights organisations. Mr Bush feared arrests for alleged torture against alleged terrorists.
Read article in the Daily Nation (Kenya)

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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