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April 1, 2011

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Natural Health News

March 29, 2011

Vitamin K may benefit both elderly men and women: Study
The bone benefits of a diet rich in vitamin K may extend to both elderly men and women, according to findings from a new study from Spain. Data from 200 elderly people showed that high dietary intakes of vitamin K were associated with higher measures of bone mineral density (BMD), and higher scores in an ultrasound test, say findings published in Bone.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 25, 2011

Peer Reviewed Publication Supporting Intravenous Vitamin C for Cancer Patients
The Riordan Clinic announced today publication in the Journal of Translational Medicine results of a collaboration between oncologists, alternative medicine practitioners, and basic researchers, which proposes a new use of intravenous vitamin C for treatment of cancer. The paper, available freely online at http://www.translational-medicine.com/content/pdf/1479-5876-9-25.pdf, describes the possibility of using intravenous vitamin C to treat inflammation associated with cancer.
Read press release at prnewswire.com

March 25, 2011

Cranberry shows heart health benefits: Study
Polyphenol-rich cranberry juice may boost heart health by alleviating arterial stiffness, says a new study from the Boston and Tufts Universities. Double-strength cranberry containing 835 milligrams of total polyphenols and 94 mg of anthocyanins was associated with improvements in a measure of arterial stiffness called carotid femoral pulse wave velocity, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 24, 2011

Eskimo study suggests high consumption of omega-3s reduces obesity-related disease risk
A study of Yup'ik Eskimos in Alaska, who on average consume 20 times more omega-3 fats from fish than people in the lower 48 states, suggests that a high intake of these fats helps prevent obesity-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 29, 2011

Lipitor Linked To Increased Diabetes Risk
More evidence has linked the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in patients who have multiple diabetes risk factors, according to a study published on Monday.
Read article at redorbit.com (USA)

March 4, 2011

FDA: migraine drug ups risk for oral birth defects
An epilepsy drug also used to help prevent migraines can increase the risk for oral birth defects in babies born to women taking the medication, U.S. health officials said on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said new data shows expecting mothers taking the drug, sold generically and as Johnson & Johnson's Topamax, are about 20 times more likely to have their infants develop cleft lips or cleft palate deformities than those who are not treated.
Read news report at reuters.com

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GMO News

March 28, 2011

Unacceptable Death Rates End Cloning Trials in New Zealand
Government lab announced the end to cloning eight years after the scientist who pioneered the technique abandoned it for precisely the same reasons
“Unacceptable death rates” forced New Zealand national science agency AgResearch to end its trials on cloning animals. But it will continue to create more genetically modified (GM) animals using a new research method. The agency has issued reports – obtained by The Dominion Post under the Official Information Act - documenting chronic arthritis, pneumonia, lameness and blood poisoning among the causes of death in cattle, sheep and goats. The reports include trials on genetically modified (GM) animals for producing “super milk” as well cloned animals. Cloning and genetic modification are closely linked. Applied biotechnologies general manager Jimmy Suttie said that the decision was made after 13 years of study to find out how to prevent abnormalities in cloned animals, and “enough is enough.”
Read article by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

March 30, 2011

High incidence of vitamin D deficiency
A study conducted by the Department of Health Sciences at Qatar University (QU) has shown that 53.5% of Qatari females of college age are severely vitamin D deficient and 43.6% have insufficient levels of the vitamin. Previous studies have shown that 68.8% of Qatari children aged 11-16 have insufficient levels of vitamin D, which can have an effect on skeletal and muscle development.
Read article in The Gulf Times (Qatar)
Comment: Vitamin D deficiency is now a worldwide problem. In the United States, Canada, the UK and throughout the EU, for example, deficiencies of the vitamin are now widespread. Significantly, therefore, Anthony Norman, a distinguished professor emeritus of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and an international expert on vitamin D, notes that half the people in North America and Western Europe get insufficient amounts of vitamin D and that merely eating vitamin D-rich foods is not adequate to solve the problem. Elsewhere in the world, the problem is no less serious. Pregnant Arab women, for example, have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. Even Australia, a land with plentiful sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle, now has a “mind-boggling” rate of deficiencies in this nutrient.

March 29, 2011

Doctors cause a third of stubborn high blood pressure
A third of hard-to-treat high blood pressure may actually be 'fake' and instead a patient's nervous response to being seen by a doctor, say experts. They made the discovery when they continuously monitored the blood pressure of nearly 700,000 people as they went about their normal lives. sSome 37% of 8,295 patients thought to have stubborn or resistant hypertension actually had "white coat" hypertension.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

March 25, 2011

New study addresses ‘important gaps’ in iron status knowledge
Iron deficiency is more prevalent in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, whilst Mexican American and non-Hispanic black pregnant women are also at higher risk, according to a new study assessing the iron status of a representative sample of US women. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, describes the distribution of total body iron and the prevalence of iron deficiency on the basis of total body iron in US pregnant women. The study also found that that iron deficiency (as defined by total body iron of less than 0 mg per kg) is more prevalent than previously reported in non-pregnant women and children aged between one and five years old.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

March 23, 2011

Chemicals in plastics linked to early onset menopause
Man-made chemicals found in a variety of everyday products – from food containers to clothes – may be causing early menopause in women, say scientists. A study of almost 26,000 – the largest of its kind – found those with high levels of PFCs (perfluorocarbons) were more likely to have gone through the change of life prematurely.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

March 23, 2011

EU 'should investigate link between pesticides and bee decline'
The EU is being urged to carry out more research into the effects of pesticides on Europe's bee population. MEPs, scientists and EU officials came together in the European parliament on Wednesday to discuss the potential risks of plant protection products on bees. Speaking at the event, ALDE deputy Chris Davies called on the EU to invoke the precautionary principle in relation to certain pesticides, which could result in their withdrawal from the market were they found to constitute a health risk.
Read article at theparliament.com

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Political News

March 26, 2011

It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know
A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game. But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. Spitz went to court to find out exactly what his cellphone company, Deutsche Telekom, knew about his whereabouts. The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin. Mr. Spitz has provided a rare glimpse — an unprecedented one, privacy experts say — of what is being collected as we walk around with our phones.
Read article in the New York Times (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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