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June 17, 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

June 14, 2011

L-carnitine shows blood sugar benefits: Study
Daily supplements of L-carnitine may improve how the body handles glucose, and prevent spikes in blood sugar levels, suggests a new study from Scotland with implications for diabetics.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 13, 2011

Vitamin E supplements may reduce lung disease risk: Cornell study
Daily supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by about 10 per cent in women over 45, says a study from Cornell University.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 8, 2011

Moderate to intense exercise may protect the brain
Older people who regularly exercise at a moderate to intense level may be less likely to develop the small brain lesions, sometimes referred to as "silent strokes," that are the first sign of cerebrovascular disease, according to a new study published in the June 8, 2011, online issue of Neurology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 7, 2011

Magnesium supplements may ease hot flashes for breast cancer patients
Daily supplements of magnesium may ease hot flashes in women with breast cancer, suggest data from a pilot phase II trial from Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. Writing in Supportive Care in Cancer, scientists report that 400 mg per day of magnesium oxide for 4 weeks was associated with a 41.4 percent reduction in the frequency of hot flashes. The intensity of the hot flashes was also reduced as a result of magnesium supplementation by about 50 percent.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 6, 2011

Folate and colon health: Study identifies minimum dose for protection
Japanese researchers have reported a minimal essential blood level for the B vitamin folate for an apparent benefit for colon health, which may help with intake recommendations. A study with 458 Japanese men and women found that the risk of developing a benign colorectal tumor (adenoma) was decreased when blood level of the B vitamin were above 8.0 nanograms per milliliter.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 2, 2011

An age old cure
The answer to treating painful arthritis could lie in an age old herbal remedy - frankincense, according to University research.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 1, 2011

Study identifies dose threshold for omega-3s heart benefits
Daily doses of omega-3s of at least 250 milligrams are required to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death and other heart conditions, says a new review and meta-analysis. According to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition, at least 250 mg of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (LCFA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), was associated with a 35 percent reduction in the risk of sudden cardiac death. In addition, such doses were associated with a near-significant 17 percent decrease in the risk of total fatal coronary events, according to a team of researchers from academia and industry.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 13, 2011

Child victims of the chemical cosh: Boy who killed himself after taking Ritalin
Captured in a family video, Harry Hucknall gives a cheeky grin before whizzing off down the street on his new bike. His father, Darren, will never forget the moment when Harry was seven and often watches the scene again and again. It is a precious memory of Harry who, one Sunday evening in September last year, kissed his mother Jane and older brother, David, goodnight before going upstairs to his bedroom and locking the door. He then hanged himself with a belt from his bunk bed. He was ten years old. His father blames Harrys death on two mind-altering drugs that his son had been prescribed by a psychiatrist to cure his boisterous behaviour and low spirits.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

June 10, 2011

FDA links some prostate drugs to cancer risk
FDA adds warning of serious prostate cancer risk to label of prostate drugs like Avodart
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration expanded the warning label on a group of prostate drugs Thursday, saying they may increase the risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer.
Read Associated Press news report at yahoo.com

June 10, 2011

Germany joins France in suspending top Takeda drug
Germany has joined France in suspending the use of Takeda Pharmaceutical's Actos diabetes drug, due to worries about a possible link to cancer.
Read news report at reuters.com

June 9, 2011

FDA announces new limits on high-dose simvastatin (Zocor)
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced new limitations to the use of high-dose simvastatin, due to the increased risk of muscle pain and weakness (myopathy) and in rare cases, kidney damage and failure.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 9, 2011

MEP calls for export ban on 'execution' drugs
A campaign has been launched to ban the export from the EU of drugs used for executions.
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: With global awareness growing that the pharmaceutical industry supplied the chemicals that killed tens of thousands of prisoners at the Auschwitz WWII concentration camp, and that to this day it continues to sell toxic chemicals in full knowledge they will be used for executions, the launch of this campaign, by UK MEP Sarah Ludford, is long overdue.

June 8, 2011

The Lethal-Drug Maker That's Helping End Lethal Injections
Denmark's Lundbeck is the sole remaining supplier of pentobarbital used on death row in the U.S.
In a major victory for opponents of capital punishment, the only company still supplying a drug used in executions in the United States has said that it will take steps to stop states from using it for that purpose. And the Danish Government has issued a similar call in a letter to governors of death penalty states.
Read article in The Atlantic (USA)

June 7, 2011

What Glaxo Gave To Doctors Down Under
Amid growing scandal over freebies lavished on Australian health department workers, GlaxoSmithKline has become the first drugmaker to reveal the amount of money spent on doctors and health organizations in the land Down Under. Slightly more than $2 million was doled out last year, and the amount was about evenly split between the public and private sectors.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 4, 2011

'UK pharmaceutical industry in crisis'
British scientists have raised worries over the growing cases of ineffective medicines and adverse drug reactions, saying the UK pharmaceutical industry is in crisis. The clinicians expressed their worries in a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, urging a rethink of the methods new medicines are tested. The signatories of the letter, published in medical journal The Lancet, said that currently epidemic proportions of drugs are causing adverse reactions while patients have to pay increasing sums of money for their prescriptions. The move comes as figures show some 197,000 citizens in the European Union's member states die of adverse reaction to drugs on a yearly basis.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

May 31, 2011

South Carolina attorney general suing GlaxoSmithKline over cardiac risks of diabetes drug
British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC improperly marketed the diabetes drug Avandia to South Carolina consumers, hiding the medication's harmful side effects, according to a lawsuit filed by the state's top prosecutor.
Read article in The Republic (Columbus, Indiana, USA)

May 31, 2011

In France, Chantix Subsidies Go Up In Smoke
France has decided to remove Chantix, the Pfizer smoking-cessation drug, from its register of medicines for which patients can be reimbursed from government funds. Questions have been raised about Champix, so Ive decided it will no longer be covered by (state) health insurance, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand told France 2 television, according to Reuters. The move comes amid growing problems for Pfizer and its controversial pill, which has been named in connection with suicides and violent behaviors.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 24, 2011

Modern Medicine's Insanity: Belief that Food Is the Enemy
Foods are redefined as drugs. This simple act of redefinition makes food the domain of Big Pharmato our everlasting loss of rights and health.
In the endless quest to separate people from nature, modern medicine now treats food itself as the enemy. Grapefruit. Ginger. Garlic. Green tea. Aloe vera. The Mayo Clinic, long considered one of the premier medical and research facilities in the United States, warns that all of these are dangerous! The risk? That they'll interfere with drugs.
Read article at gaia-health.com

May 21, 2011

Huge doses of potent antipsychotics flow into state jails for troubled kids
Drugging juveniles: Doctors hired to evaluate kids in state custody have taken huge payments from drug companies
Florida has plied children in state juvenile jails with heavy doses of powerful antipsychotic medications.
Read article in The Palm Beach Post News (Florida, USA)

May 20, 2011

Reports Detail More Drug Industry Ties to Medical Societies
As we reported earlier this month, there are often deep financial ties between professional medical societies and the drug and medical device industries. This week, other news outlets chimed in, detailing how recommendations made by two medical societies raise at least the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Read article at propublica.org

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GMO News

June 2, 2011

Gene alarm on GM crops
Indian scientists have discovered that the genetic modification of plants with a gene already used in crops worldwide may severely damage the plants, a surprising finding that may stir a debate on current crop biotechnology science. The scientists at the University of Delhi have shown that inserting a bacterial gene that makes a protein named Cry1Ac into genomes of plants appears to cause developmental defects, growth retardation and sterility in the plants.
Read article in The Telegraph (Calcutta, India)

May 31, 2011

Victory, of sorts, at last
Labeling of GMO foods moves forward at Codex level
After some eighteen years and seemingly interminable debates between two sharply divided camps, the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL), at its 39th session held in Quebec City, Canada, the week of May 9-13, 2011, finally reached a consensus on a watered-down labeling guideline for GMO foods. No thanks to the blocking efforts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Australia, this Guideline does not require mandatory labeling of GMO foods. However, what it does accomplish is to provide protection from the World Trade Organization (WTO) for those countries that require genetically modified organism (GMO) foods to be labeled as such. In that sense, it is a huge victory.
Read news release on the website of the National Health Federation (USA)

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Other Health-related News

June 13, 2011

Helen Keller battles blindness with vitamin A supplementation in Sierra Leone
The Seeing Is Believing and Helen Keller International foundations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, are making vitamin A dietary interventions in Sierra Leone to battle blindess among children. The campaign, launched by the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Sia Nyama Koroma, is part of a HKI project to deliver vitamin A to more than one million children in seven countries in Africa and Asia. The groups will also provide support to the Ministrys efforts to develop a broader strategy to boost vitamin A levels. It is estimated 500,000 children go blind in developing countries each year due to nutrient deficiencies, 70% of whom die within a year of going blind. Seeing Is Believing said the mortality rate can be reduced by more than 30% in children up to five-years-old, if vitamin A deficiencies can be addressed.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 9, 2011

Folic acid unlikely to worsen B12 deficiency problems: NIH study
Consuming folic acid from supplements or fortified grain products is unlikely to exacerbate problems associated with low vitamin B12 levels, says a new study. Blood samples and dietary data from over 2,500 university students revealed no differences between high or low folate levels and anemia in people with low vitamin B12 levels, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 6, 2011

Guidelines Recommend Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency
At-risk populations should be screened for vitamin D deficiency, according to a new clinical practice guideline from The Endocrine Society.
Read article at nurse.com

June 4, 2011

THMPD legal challenge delayed
A legal challenge to the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) due to have begun in April has been delayed. The case for a judicial review of the THMPD, proposed jointly by the Alliance for Natural Health/European Benefyt Foundation, was to have been filed at the High Court in London on April 30 2011, the day the transition phase of the THMPD ended. A progress update on the case, issued on June 3, explains that the scale of the challenge and the need to coordinate activities, not only in the UK but also in other parts of the EU and beyond, has meant that we are delayed.
Read article in Natural Products magazine (UK)

June 2, 2011

Babies at risk as girls fail to get enough iodine
70 per cent of schoolgirls aged 14-15 had levels below 100 micrograms per litre, or a mild deficiency
A generation of schoolgirls are growing up deficient in the vital mineral, iodine, putting their unborn children at risk, a study has found. Seven out of 10 teenage girls were found to be deficient in the mineral in a UK-wide survey which the researchers say is of "potential major public health importance". Iodine is essential for the neurological development of the foetus. The results suggest at least 100,000 babies may be intellectually handicapped annually. The shock finding has come after decades in which iodine levels in the UK population were thought to be adequate. "We were lulled into a false sense of security" said Mark Vanderpump, of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust who led the study.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

May 31, 2011

Food insufficient for Canadian vitamin D intakes
Vitamin D fortified foods are not enough to ensure an adequate intake of the vitamin, and one-quarter of Canadians are not meeting the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 31, 2011

Cellphone Radiation May Cause Cancer, Advisory Panel Says
A World Health Organization panel has concluded that cellphones are possibly carcinogenic, putting the popular devices in the same category as certain dry cleaning chemicals and pesticides, as a potential threat to human health. The finding, from the agencys International Agency for Research on Cancer, adds to concerns among a small but growing group of experts about the health effects of low levels of radiation emitted by cellphones. The panel, which consisted of 31 scientists from 14 countries, was led by Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Southern California and a member of President Obamas National Cancer Advisory Board.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

May 25, 2011

Chlorine and Childhood Cancer
A significant positive association between the risk of childhood leukemia and levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the atmosphere has been found by researchers in Portugal. Details are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Environment and Health.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

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Political News

June 11, 2011

Media: The Spreading of False Ideologies into our Culture
Media has become a mirror of the disconnected state that humanity finds itself in. News, current affairs, even the dramas and reality TV shows that entertain us serve to exacerbate the religion of polarity being reflected back to us in all its forms materialism, hatred, killing, idolization and separation. Almost all television, be it sagas and melodramas or daily news, is as addictive as any drug. This single dimensional pulpit from which media preaches to us (often in the centre of our living rooms) actually seeds many of our negative behavior patterns in day-to-day life. Dramas and melodramas aside, we have been led to believe that the news and current affairs programs we watch are true, unbiased, fair. Often this is anything but the case.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

June 10, 2011

U.S. Mainstream Media Covers Weinergate, Ignores BilderbergGate
The secret Bilderberg planners are probably having second thoughts about holding this year's conference in Switzerland. They are being met by angry protesters, journalists, and activists who have come from around the world to challenge their claim to secrecy. A number of influential Swiss politicians are also planning to protest the shadowy meeting and bring attention to the fact that important global issues are being discussed by senior Western bureaucrats, heads of states, CEOs, high-ranking politicians and banking ministers without the people's knowledge and consent.
Read article at opednews.com

June 9, 2011

FAZ: the EU has become "a demon, uncontrollable, impossible to vote away"
This is some forceful stuff from the Vienna correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Dirk Schümer. In a piece published in Monday's paper under the headline "Back to the nation", Mr. Schümer takes a long, critical look at the current state of the European Union - and he takes no prisoners.
Read article on the Open Europe blog site (UK)

June 9, 2011

EU Presidents at war: Van Rompuy and Barroso fly to same destination in separate jets
A feud between two of the European Union's leaders was exposed yesterday as the two men travelled in separate VIP jets on the same morning to the EU-Russia summit destination in Russia. Rivalry between the EU president Herman Van Rompuy and the European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, whose title is also president, over who is Europe's true leader on the world stage meant that the pair and their entourages, would not share one aircraft.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: With the Nazi roots of the Brussels EU having now been exposed, and photographic evidence showing that public awareness of these origins is growing, Van Rompuy and Barrosos fallout seems indicative of their fears regarding the next, inevitable development: Demands for the dismantling of the Brussels EU.

June 1, 2011

The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Eight Families
The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch. According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation. So who then are the stockholders in these money center banks?
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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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