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May 20, 2011

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Natural Health News

May 16, 2011

High dose vitamin D may boost exercise capacity for lung disease patients
High dose supplements of vitamin D may increase the exercise capacity and strength of respiratory muscles in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), suggests a new study. A monthly dose of a whopping 100,000 IUs (international units) of vitamin D experienced significant improvements in exercise capacity and respiratory muscle strength compared to those in the placebo group, according to findings presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference in Denver. US recommendations for vitamin D are 600 IUs per day for adults up to age 70 and 800 IUs daily over 70 year-olds.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 12, 2011

Relief from red, itchy skin: Unraveling the secrets of vitamin D
Vitamin D helps to reduce the inflammation associated with psoriasis, a common skin condition that causes red, itchy patches on the skin, shows a new study.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

May 12, 2011

'Sunshine vitamin' pills may extend lives of cancer patients
A vitamin pill available for a few pence in any local chemist's shop may have a bigger impact in extending the survival of cancer patients than drugs costing tens of thousands of pounds, says a leading cancer specialist. Professor Angus Dalgeish, consultant medical oncologist at St George's Hospital, Tooting, south-west London, will tell a conference next week that he tests all his cancer patients for the level of Vitamin D and prescribes supplements where they are low. At St George's, where he runs a clinic for patients with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, tests showed that the majority had low Vitamin D.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

May 11, 2011

L-theanine may boost attention for anxious folks: Study
Daily supplements of L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, may help people with anxiety focus on their daily activities, suggests a new study from Japan.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 13, 2011

More signs diabetes drug linked to bladder cancer
A review of official reports of bad drug reactions is revealing more signs that people taking the diabetes drug Actos are at higher risk of developing bladder cancer.
Read news report at reuters.com

May 11, 2011

Drug regulators are protecting profits over patients, warn researchers
Medicines regulators are protecting drug company profits rather than the lives and welfare of patients by withholding unpublished trial data, argue researchers in the British Medical Journal today.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: The official records of the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal against IG Farben prove definitively that “profit over life” has been the key operating principle of the Pharma Cartel since at least the 1930s. However, the roots of the Cartel were formed even earlier than this, in the very early part of the 20th century, when a number of powerful and wealthy individuals recognized that the ‘industrialization’ of health care would offer them further opportunities to control even more wealth and power. By ‘rationalizing’ (as they described it) the provision of public health care and incorporating into this process the technological developments taking place in chemistry in the early 20th century, these men developed health care as a business – a business that would eventually lead to the patent based pharmaceutical industry of today. To learn more about the history of the pharmaceutical investment ‘business with disease’, and who controls it, click here.

May 11, 2011

EU drugs regulator accused of being too cozy with Big Pharma
The European Parliament has refused to sign off on the accounts of the EU agency responsible for making sure all medicines in Europe are safe and effective for its citizens to use, accusing the body of being too close to Big Pharma. The European Medicines Agency's reputation was further bludgeoned on Tuesday when the parliament ordered a special investigation of the regulator over its funding sources, which overwhelmingly come from the pharmaceutical industry and its hiring practices. Completing the bad news for the agency whose claims of objectivity now lie in tatters were accusations from doctors from the Nordic Cochrane Centre, an independent Denmark-based network that publishes systematic reviews of drug efficacy, that the EMA withholds drug trial evidence due for fear of hurting the profits of drug companies.
Read article at euobserver.com

May 11, 2011

JAMA Study Omitted Data On Alzheimer’s Drug?
In a blistering missive, the Public Citizen consumer group has charged that researchers with ties to Eli Lilly withheld important data from the Journal of the American Medical Association concerning their recent study of an imaging agent for Alzheimer’s disease.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 10, 2011

Amgen’s Anemia Medicine Linked to Higher Risk in Heart-Attack Patients
A drug sold by Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson for people with anemia didn’t reduce heart damage in patients who’d experienced heart attacks and may increase the chances of recurrence or death, a study found. Epogen, approved in 1989 as the first drug for Thousand Oaks, California-based Amgen, is used by patients undergoing kidney dialysis to boost their depleted red blood cells. J&J sells the drug as Procrit, mostly for cancer patients getting chemotherapy.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

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GMO News

May 13, 2011

Drought tolerant GM corn will not feed the world
GeneWatch UK today responded to reports that Monsanto's new drought tolerant genetically modified (GM) corn (maize) does not perform better than conventional varieties. The GM industry has made repeated claims that its crops will be needed to feed a growing population as the climate changes, in order to gain public and political support. "This new report highlights the continuing failure of GM to deliver complex traits such as tolerance to drought", said Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK "The GM industry must now stop its cynical attempts to manipulate the public into believing that GM crops are needed to feed the world".
Read article at genewatch.org

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Other Health-related News

May 12, 2011

Lack of exercise linked to higher heart disease risk in healthy children as young as 9
Even healthy children as young as nine-years-old can start to show an increased risk of future heart problems if they are physically inactive, according to a study in the May issue of Acta Paediatrica.
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Political News

May 8, 2011

The Unwisdom of Elites
The past three years have been a disaster for most Western economies. The United States has mass long-term unemployment for the first time since the 1930s. Meanwhile, Europe’s single currency is coming apart at the seams. How did it all go so wrong? Well, what I’ve been hearing with growing frequency from members of the policy elite — self-appointed wise men, officials, and pundits in good standing — is the claim that it’s mostly the public’s fault. The idea is that we got into this mess because voters wanted something for nothing, and weak-minded politicians catered to the electorate’s foolishness. So this seems like a good time to point out that this blame-the-public view isn’t just self-serving, it’s dead wrong.
Read article by Paul Krugman 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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