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July 1, 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 24, 2011

Diet reverses type 2 diabetes
A Newcastle University team has discovered that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed by an extreme low calorie diet alone. Affecting two and half million people in the UK and on the increase Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. In an early stage clinical trial of 11 people, funded by Diabetes UK, all reversed their diabetes by drastically cutting their food intake to just 600 calories a day for two months. And three months later, seven remained free of diabetes.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 23, 2011

Pine bark extract plus CoQ10 shows benefits for heart failure patients
A combination of coenzyme Q10 and an extract from French Maritime Pine bark may improve blood flow and general heart health in heart failure patients, indicates a new study from Italy.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 16, 2011

Omega-3 boosts insulin resistance markers, suggests study
Increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may help to improve important markers insulin resistance, which may lead to diabetes, says new research.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 15, 2011

Using olive oil in your diet may prevent a stroke
A new study suggests that consuming olive oil may help prevent a stroke in older people. The research is published in the June 15, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 27, 2011

Nazi link to thalidomide disaster
A former Nazi doctor grew rich promoting the drug that caused the world's worst medical disaster, a British thalidomide expert says. Research by Dr Martin Johnson, chief executive of Britain's Thalidomide Trust, shows Heinrich Muckter was paid huge bonuses before thalidomide was exposed in 1961 as the cause of thousands of deaths and terrible birth defects. Dr Johnson's information, seen by the Herald Sun and shared by lawyers in several countries, is likely to generate compensation claims by hundreds of surviving victims, many with missing limbs and other catastrophic injuries.
Read article in the Herald Sun (Australia)

June 26, 2011

Thalidomide lawsuit spreads to Spain
The German pharmaceutical company facing a class action from Australian thalidomide victims is also facing legal action in Spain over its manufacture of the drug, which caused thousands of horrific birth defects worldwide in the 1950s and '60s.
Read article in the Herald Sun (Australia)

June 26, 2011

Premature aging caused by some HIV drugs, study shows
A class of anti-retroviral drugs commonly used to treat HIV, particularly in Africa and low income countries, can cause premature ageing, according to research published today in the journal Nature Genetics. The study shows that the drugs damage DNA in the patient's mitochondria the 'batteries' which power their cells. The findings may explain why HIV-infected people treated with antiretroviral drugs sometimes show advanced signs of frailty and age-associated diseases such as cardiovascular disease and dementia at an early age.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 25, 2011

Australian to lead thalidomide suit
An Australian woman born without arms and legs will lead a mass lawsuit against the German and British firms behind thalidomide, a sedative blamed for birth defects, lawyers said Saturday.
Read article at physorg.com

June 24, 2011

Fatal cocktail of common drugs putting elderly at risk
Hundreds of thousands of older people are being put at increased risk of death or developing dementia by taking combinations of common medicines to treat routine illnesses, according to a new study. Well-known brands of hay fever tablets, painkillers and sleeping pills pose a previously unknown threat to peoples health when taken together, British scientists claim.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

June 23, 2011

AMA Votes To Discourage Commercial CME
The ongoing controversy over industry sponsorship of continuing medical education took a new turn this week when delegates to the American Medical Association annual meeting voted to restrict support from entities or individuals that have financial interests in the subject matter. In other words, the delegates decided there should be little or no commercial support and those who are tapped to teach the material should not have any financial relationship with a drug or device maker. Danny Carlat, a psychiatrist who was once an industry speaker but now derides industry-sponsored CME, calls this vote huge (see here). However, an AMA spokeswoman says not so fast, or words to that effect. In a phone conversation, she says the language adopted by the delegates is open to interpretation. Why? Well, there is something of a loophole.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 23, 2011

Too many patients prescribed high-risk drugs, research finds
Findings of a new study suggest that too many patients in the UK are being prescribed high-risk drugs that could potentially cause them harm, and reveals that GP prescribing between practices remains significantly varied. According to the research paper, published in the British Medical Journal online, thousands of patients in Scotland particularly vulnerable to side effects from medicines were dished out 'high-risk' drugs by their GPs.
Read article at pharmatimes.com (UK)

June 20, 2011

Risk Info In Print Ads Is Not Very Comprehensible
And now, a study confirms what many people probably already knew - those brief summaries about drug side effects, contraindications and effectiveness that appear in print advertisements can be hard to fathom. Or to put it another way, the traditional method of conveying information in the brief summary is neither the most comprehensible nor the most preferred by consumers.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: In plain English: Pharma drug ads are deliberately misleading.

June 20, 2011

New Zealand Chafes Over Pharma And Trade Talks
Once again, US trade talks and the behind-the-scenes role being played by the pharmaceutical industry are making headlines. This time, the ruckus is taking place in New Zealand, where there are mounting concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPP, which is a trade agreement that aims to integrate eight economies of the Asia-Pacific region. Among the issues is the extent to which the TTP would move beyond intellectual property standards in the World Trade Organizations Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property, or TRIPS agreement (back story). The US Trade Representative, with backing from 28 US Senators and pharma, is also reportedly taking a hard line on Pharmac, the government entity that manages access to medicines in New Zealand, and reimbursement practices. An important TTP meeting will be held in November. And last month, the senators wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama wrote that put bluntly, intellectual property equals jobs. Although as Radio New Zealand notes, these same senators have received $6.5 million in donations from the pharmaceutical industry over the past five years.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 20, 2011

US Supreme Court Rejects Pfizer Prempro Appeal
In a blow to the drugmaker, the US Supreme Court rejected a bid by Pfizer to appeal a $58 million damages award made four years ago to three Nevada women, who claimed they suffered breast cancer after taking the Prempro hormone replacement therapy made by its Wyeth unit (see this). The decision comes after the Nevada Supreme Court last November upheld the earlier decision. As a result, the award stands as the largest to be upheld on appeal in thousands of hormone-replacement lawsuits.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 16, 2011

Pfizers Chantix May Be Tied to Heart Risk With Cardiovascular Disease
Pfizer Inc. (PFE)s smoking cessation aid Chantix, already carrying a warning it raises risks of suicide, may be tied to higher heart danger in patients with cardiovascular disease, U.S. regulators said. The Food and Drug Administration found infrequent chest pain, heart attacks and other adverse reactions in a study of 700 people with cardiovascular disease, the agency said today in a statement.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

June 16, 2011

US court lets class action against Bayer proceed
WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court will let two West Virginia residents revive a lawsuit against Bayer AG over its anti-cholesterol drug Baycol, which was withdrawn from the market in 2001 after reports of a severe and sometimes fatal muscle disorder.
Read article at mysanantonio.com (USA)

June 15, 2011

Pfizer, BI Inhaler May Raise Risk Of Early Death
The blockbuster inhaled lung medication Spiriva, which is sold by Pfizer and Boehringer Ingelheim, may raise the risk of an early death, according to a new review of clinical studies. When administered in mist form, the drug was associated with a 52 percent increase in mortality risk, compared with patients given a placebo, according to the review of clinical trials involving more than 6,500 patients published in the British Medical Journal.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

June 20, 2011

African Alliances Challenge Introduction of GM Technology
Civil society and private sector organisations come together to fight introduction of GM technology
The recent introduction of GM (genetic modification) technology into Tanzania has prompted local and international campaign groups to join forces in expressing concern for the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, which is crucial for food security and food sovereignty.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

June 28, 2011

Native California Bees, Crops Vanishing
As the state's wild and native areas disppear, turned from California pastures to California strip malls and suburbs, so too are the state's native bumble bees disappearing. Which means that the state's food supply -- as in food for people -- could disappear, too.
Read article at nbcbayarea.com (USA)

June 24, 2011

Campaigners pressurise European Commission over non-European herbal traditions
The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), a group campaigning for the right to natural healthcare worldwide, has today issued an open letter to European Commissioner John Dalli, responsible for the regulation of pharmaceuticals and foods EU-wide. The letter demands immediate action from the European Commission to prevent further erosion of non-European systems of medicine within the EU. This is the result of the implementation of various EU laws, including the controversial directive on traditional herbal medicinal products.
Read press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

June 23, 2011

B12 breath test may ease deficiency diagnosis
A new breath test for the diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency may allow for a cheaper, faster, and more accurate diagnosis, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Florida and Metabolic Solutions Inc, USA, claim that the newly developed tool could help to avoid potentially fatal deficiencies in vitamin B12.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 15, 2011

Eat your fruits and vegetables! Californians seem to be listening
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 objectives, adequate fruit and vegetable consumption is a national public health priority for disease prevention and maintenance of good health. Not only do fruits and vegetables furnish valuable dietary nutrients, but they also contribute vital elements to chronic disease prevention for heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers, vision problems of aging, and possibly type 2 diabetes. With the nation's health in mind, Network for a Healthy California is taking steps to prevent these problems by promoting fruit and vegetable consumption through a large-scale social marketing program funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formally known as the Food Stamp Nutrition Education program) to provide nutrition education.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 14, 2011

No Deaths from Vitamins - None at All in 27 Years
Over a twenty-seven year period, vitamin supplements have been alleged to have caused the deaths of a total of eleven people in the United States. A new analysis of US poison control center annual report data indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever from vitamins ... none at all, in the 27 years that such reports have been available.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org

June 7, 2011

Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World's Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds
WASHINGTON -- Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals. But despite such warnings, and although the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes malformations since at least 2002, the information was not made public.
Read article in the Huffington Post (USA)

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Political News

June 15 , 2011

Ex-Spy Alleges Effort to Discredit Bush Critic
WASHINGTON A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him. Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.
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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