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March 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

March 9, 2011

The nutrition of cognition: Review considers the evidence for Alzheimer’s
Supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), uridine, and choline may improve the cognitive functions of Alzheimer’s patients, according to a new review.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 3, 2011

Increased B vitamins may ease PMS symptoms: Study
Higher intakes of the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin from the diet may reduce the incidence of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by about 35 percent, suggest new findings. According to a new paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the link between B vitamins and PMS is biologically plausible since B vitamins such as thiamine and riboflavin are known to play important roles in the synthesis of various neurotransmitters involved in PMS.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

March 2, 2011

Potassium levels possible key to racial disparity in Type 2 diabetes
Lower potassium levels in the blood may help explain why African-Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as whites, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers. The findings, if confirmed, suggest that part of diabetes prevention may someday prove as easy as taking a cheap potassium supplement.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 8, 2011

Conflicts-of-interest in drug studies sneaking back into medical journals, say investigators
Hidden financial conflicts-of-interest are sneaking into published drug research through the back door, warns an international team of investigators, led by researchers from the Jewish General Hospital's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and McGill University in Montreal. More and more, policy decisions and what medications doctors prescribe for their patients are being driven by large "studies of studies," called meta-analyses, which statistically combine results from many individual drug trials. Led by Dr. Brett Thombs and McGill graduate student Michelle Roseman, the team found that important declarations of financial conflicts-of-interest in individual drug trials disappeared when those studies were combined in meta-analyses.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: The investigators in this study found that only 2 of the 29 meta-analyses they looked at made any mention of who funded the original drug trials. In a similar way, the 2008 Cochrane Collaboration meta-analysis of studies on antioxidant supplements, which resulted in worldwide media propaganda claiming that taking vitamin supplements could lead to a premature death, came to conclusions not consistent with either the studies analyzed or real-world evidence. To discover what the world’s media didn’t tell you about this Cochrane meta-analysis, including its significant conflicts of interest and potential historical parallels with crimes committed by the managers of the I.G. Farben cartel, click here.

March 1, 2011

New study links pain relievers to erectile dysfunction
Men who regularly take pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin may be at increased risk for erectile dysfunction, new research suggests.
Read article on the USA Today website

February 15, 2011

UK sells US enough drugs to execute 100 death row inmates, inquiry told
Enough pharmaceutical drugs have been sold to the US by licensed British wholesalers since last summer to execute 100 death row inmates, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: As we have pointed out previously on these pages, 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.

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GMO News

March 2, 2011

Scientists Discover New Route for GM-gene 'Escape'
Genetically modified genes can jump species via wounds, yes horizontal gene transfer happens, and at high frequencies; it is the greatest, most underestimated hazard from GMOs released into the environment.
Read article by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

March 1, 2011

The GMO Reality Check
When GMOs (genetically modified organisms) were first promoted back in the early nineties, it sounded as if the world was about to be saved from famine. These altered crops would produce much higher yields and the hungry could finally be fed. For regions of the planet where there was little rainfall, plants could be made drought resistant. Vitamins could be introduced, making genetically modified produce more nutritious. Crops would be made resilient to pests and could grow in spite of them. And lastly—the bit of information that would ease all other worries—there would be virtually no difference between these and conventionally grown crops that came before them. Like some experiment from a science fiction movie gone horribly wrong, we now witness the truth of GMOs. And the truth is many miles from the promises.
Read article by Andrew Kimbrell on the Organic Connections magazine website (USA)

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Other Health-related News

March 8, 2011

Asia rice output threatened by pesticide overuse
The unbridled manufacture and use of pesticides in Asia is raising the spectre of "pest storms" devastating the region's rice farms and threatening food security, scientists have warned. Increased production of cheap pesticides in China and India, lax regulation and inadequate farmer education are destroying ecosystems around paddies, allowing pests to thrive and multiply, they said. The problem has emerged over the last decade and - if left unchecked - pests could lay waste to vast tracts of Asia's rice farms, according to scientists who took part in a workshop in Singapore last week. "There is increasing concern that the more we use pesticides in rice fields, it is actually making the pest problem worse," Australian scientist George Lukacs told AFP in an interview.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

March 4, 2011

EU bans hundreds of centuries-old herbal medicines: a solution without a problem?
Distorted core beliefs, manipulation and a cover-up lie behind the origins of the misconceived EU herbal directive and its implementation in Europe. Three court cases—two in Belgium and one in France, the most recent heard just 3 months ago—categorically find no link between Aristolochia and the kidney disease and carcinomas that became the focal point of the world’s worst case of alleged herbal medicine toxicity. This was of course the 1990 case of the Belgian slimming clinic run by medical doctors. The doctors’ ignorance, their desire to escape personal blame, their links with the ‘establishment’ and the subsequent manipulation by the scientists at Gent University who fudged a ‘conclusive link’ between the renal interstitial fibrosis and urothelial carcinoma and then named it “Chinese herb nephropathy”, all played their part in what reads like an Arthur Conan Doyle pastiche on Sherlock Holmes.
Read blog entry by Dr Robert Verkerk on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

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Political News

March 3, 2011

Survey: Czechs' trust in EU lowest in history
Czechs' trust in the European Union is at a historical low of 46 percent, according to the latest poll conducted by the STEM polling agency, which has monitored the trust since 1994, and released to CTK Wednesday. Public trust in the EU has dropped under 50 percent for the first time in history.
Read article on the Prague Daily Monitor website (Czech Republic)

February 21, 2011

MEPs question 'Big Brother' urban observation project
Greek MEP Stavros Lambrinidis, a vice-president of the European Parliament, has called on the European Commission to clarify the purpose of an EU-funded project that develops "observation" algorithms to enhance the "security of citizens in urban environments". In an interview with EurActiv Germany, Socialists & Democrats MEP Lambrinidis warned that the project aims to access "all existing feeds in cameras, in the Internet, in DNA databases and even on personal computers". The INDECT project, launched under the European Commission's research programme, develops "algorithms" through "observation" to enhance the "security of citizens in urban environments". According to the MEP, the cameras don't just register crimes but also "abnormal behaviour". This, he says, can introduce "Big Brother into our lives".
Read article at euractiv.com

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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