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May 13, 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

May 9, 2011

Vitamin E tocotrienols may reduce cholesterol: RCT data
Supplements containing a mixture of tocotrienols – forms of vitamin E – may reduce cholesterol levels by about 15 percent in people with raised cholesterol, says a new study from Malaysia. According to findings published in Functional Foods in Health and Disease, an open-access online journal, 300 millgrams per day of a tocotrienol-rich palm oil extract for six months may reduce LDL cholesterol levels by 17 percent and total cholesterol by 11 percent.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 6, 2011

Omega-3 status in pregnancy linked to childhood obesity: Study
Adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may lower the risk of childhood obesity by 32 per cent, according to new research from Harvard Medical School.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 11, 2011

Babies given anti-obesity drugs in the womb
Babies to be given diet drug in the womb to stop them being born overweight in trial described as ‘disturbing’ by weight loss groups.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: A particularly disturbing development, this trial proves that the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical “business with disease” now sees even unborn children as a marketplace for its patented synthetic chemical drugs.

May 10, 2011

Conflicts Cloud The European Medicine Agency
In the wake of a recent scandal in which former European Medicines Agency director Thomas Lonngren accepted a pharma consulting gig just days after resigning last winter, a pair of activist groups are urging the European Parliament to review the case, audit all similar cases in which EMA managers left for other jobs and, finally, apply a conflicts of interest policy to EMA experts and representatives.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 10, 2011

Paracetamol 'link' to blood cancer
Taking paracetamol regularly could almost double the chance of getting a relatively rare form of cancer, research suggests.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

May 9, 2011

Short term use of painkillers could be dangerous to heart patients
Even short-term use of some painkillers could be dangerous for people who've had a heart attack, according to research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed the duration of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treatment and cardiovascular risk in a nationwide Danish cohort of patients with prior heart attack. They found the use of NSAIDs was associated with a 45 percent increased risk of death or recurrent heart attack within as little as one week of treatment, and a 55 percent increased risk if treatment extended to three months.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 6, 2011

Ties That Bind: Pharma Money & Medical Societies
How closely tied are professional medical societies to drug and device makers? Just how much money do some receive? And how obvious is the spending at annual meetings? The answers - some have very close ties, get lots of money and the outlay can be enough to burst a blood vessel.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 6, 2011

Special report: Big Pharma's global guinea pigs
Today, the clinical trials business has gone global as drugmakers seek cheaper venues for studies and cast their net further afield for big pools of "treatment-naive" patients who are not already taking other drugs that could make them unsuitable subjects for testing new ones.
Read report at reuters.com

May 5, 2011

Clinical Trial Deaths And Compensation In India
An investigation by India’s health ministry has found that drugmakers running clinical trials in the country have not compensated survivors of most volunteers who died during their studies. Of 671 deaths that were reported last year, there is evidence that compensation was given in just three cases, The Business Standard writes. And so, the health ministry has asked 44 drugmakers to explain why they have not provided compensation, which is mandatory under the current law. Among those queried were Eli Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Bayer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi-Aventis. For instance, data compiled by the ministry show there were 152 deaths reported during Sanofi trials and 138 took place in Bayer trials.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 5, 2011

Glaxo May Settle 1,000 More Avandia Lawsuits, Attorney Says
GlaxoSmithKline Plc, after setting aside more than $6 billion to help settle lawsuits over medicines including its Avandia diabetes drug, is poised to resolve 1,000 more cases, a lawyer for patients said. Glaxo, the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker, is in settlement talks with lawyers for an estimated 1,000 former Avandia users who sued the company in state courts in Pennsylvania, California and Illinois, Dianne Nast, a plaintiffs’ attorney who serves on a group helping to oversee cases consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia, said in an interview yesterday.
Read article at businessweek.com

May 4, 2011

Chemo Brain May Last 5 Years or More
“Chemo brain,” the foggy thinking and forgetfulness that cancer patients often complain about after treatment, may last for five years or more for a sizable percentage of patients, new research shows. The findings, based on a study of 92 cancer patients at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, suggest that the cognitive losses that seem to follow many cancer treatments are far more pronounced and longer-lasting than commonly believed. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, is a vindication of sorts for many cancer patients, whose complaints about thinking and memory problems are often dismissed by doctors who lay blame for the symptoms on normal aging or the fatigue of illness.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: So toxic are some chemotherapy drugs that they are actually listed in the “11th Report on Carcinogens” of the US National Toxicology Program as known carcinogens. In other words, the drugs prescribed to millions of cancer patients as a cure are, in fact, known to cause cancer. To learn more about the dangers of these toxic drugs, and read shocking extracts from their "patient information leaflets", as published by the drug manufacturers themselves, click here.

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GMO News

May 10, 2011

California Assembly votes to label GM fish
Genetically modified fish in California would have to be labeled as such according to a bill approved by the California Assembly Health Committee last week.
Read article at foodnavigator-usa.com

May 9, 2011

GM maize contaminates non-GM crops in Uruguay
Contamination of traditional maize crops planted near genetically modified (GM) maize fields may be common in Uruguay, where the cultivation of GM maize has been permitted since 2003, scientists have said. A study published in Environmental Biosafety Research (25 March) has found GM seedlings in three traditional maize fields. It is said to be the first report of cross-fertilisation between GM and non-GM maize in South America.
Read article at trust.org

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Other Health-related News

May 10, 2011

Vitamin D deficiency in pneumonia patients associated with increased mortality
A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that adult patients admitted to the hospital with pneumonia are more likely to die if they have Vitamin D deficiency.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 10, 2011

How the American Dietetic Association is Strengthening its Monopoly
The ADA is clever. It gets legislation passed under the radar, when no one is looking. And natural health nutritionists are getting a rotten deal. As we reported a few weeks ago, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has sponsored legislation in over 40 states. These bills usually lump dietitians and nutritionists into one licensing scheme, and require nutritionists to complete a dietitian program in order to practice nutritional therapy. Even if the nutritionist holds a Masters or a PhD in nutrition, the nutritionist is still required to complete registration through the ADA in order to keep practicing. This is the organization that lists among its corporate sponsors soft drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, cereal manufacturers General Mills and Kellogg’s, candy maker Mars, and Unilever, the multinational corporation that owns many of the world’s consumer products brands in foods and beverages.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (USA)

May 9, 2011

African Union to Support Organic Farming
An important milestone in sustainable agriculture for Africa was reached in a little-publicized decision made on organic farming by the African Union’s Executive Council in January 2011. The decision requests the African Union (AU) Commission and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency to initiate and provide guidance for an AU-led coalition of international partners to establish an African organic farming platform based on available best practices; and to provide guidance in support of the development of sustainable organic farming systems and improve seed quality. In a speech given by Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, to the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture held in October 2010, which highlighted the potentials of ecological agriculture, she stressed that ecological agriculture generates both economic value and sustainable development: “We believe that promoting it in all of our countries would enable Africa to exploit this niche.”
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

May 4, 2011

US must strengthen efforts to restrict chemicals that threaten health, say researchers
With growing evidence of the link between exposure to toxic chemicals and chronic diseases, especially in children, the United States needs to step up its efforts to protect the public from hazardous chemicals, say researchers writing in the May issue of Health Affairs.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Political News

May 11, 2011

EU to keep files on all air passengers (and that includes what they EAT on flights)
Millions of holidaymakers will have their personal details tracked on huge databases thanks to the latest EU diktat. Countries will be expected to record air passengers’ information, including who they travelled with, the price they paid for a ticket, and even any meal requests they made.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

May 6, 2011

Greece Considers Exit from Euro Zone
Athens Mulls Plans for New Currency
The debt crisis in Greece has taken on a dramatic new twist. Sources with information about the government's actions have informed SPIEGEL ONLINE that Athens is considering withdrawing from the euro zone. The common currency area's finance ministers and representatives of the European Commission are holding a secret crisis meeting in Luxembourg on Friday night. Greece's economic problems are massive, with protests against the government being held almost daily. Now Prime Minister George Papandreou apparently feels he has no other option: SPIEGEL ONLINE has obtained information from German government sources knowledgeable of the situation in Athens indicating that Papandreou's government is considering abandoning the euro and reintroducing its own currency.
Read article on the Der Spiegel website (Germany)

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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