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August 26, 2011

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Natural Health News

August 23, 2011

Seaweed may reduce blood pressure in healthy kids: Study
Consuming nutrient-dense seaweed may decrease blood pressure in healthy children and offer earlier-life strategies for preventing high blood pressure in adults, says a new study. Regular seaweed consumption among 3 to 6 year olds was associated with a significant reduction in blood pressure in both boys and girls, according to findings published in the open-access Nutrition Journal. Japanese scientists from Gifu University and Aichi Bunkyo Women’s College proposed that the potential benefits may be linked to the dense nutrient profile of seaweed, including the minerals and alginate - a kind of dietary fiber – contained in the food.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

August 19, 2011

Multivitamins may slash premature birth risk: Study
Women who began using multivitamin supplements around the time of conception had a lower risk of giving birth prematurely, says a new study. Multivitamin use was associated with a 16% reduction in the risk of pre-term birth, and a 20% reduction in the risk of preterm labour, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

August 17, 2011

Study identifies fish oil's impact on cognition and brain structure
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital's Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center have found positive associations between fish oil supplements and cognitive functioning as well as differences in brain structure between users and non-users of fish oil supplements. The findings suggest possible benefits of fish oil supplements on brain health and aging.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

August 16, 2011

15-minute daily exercise is 'bare minimum for health'
Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy by three years and cut death risk by 14%, research from Taiwan suggests.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

August 9, 2011

Tufts-Harvard study builds vitamin D's anti-diabetes potential
Daily supplements of vitamin D may boost the function of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, says a new study from Boston-based researchers that supports the potential role of the vitamin for pre-diabetics. A daily 2,000 International Units (IU) dose of vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, was associated with a 25 percent improvement in the functioning of beta cells in the pancreas, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

August 8, 2011

Omega-3 may boost heart benefits of tomato antioxidants: Study
Adding omega-3 to an antioxidant-rich tomato juice may boost the potential heart health benefits of the juice, suggesting a potential synergy between nutrients, says a new study. Healthy women who consumed the omega-3, tomato juice combination had lower levels of cardiovascular disease markers compared with women who consumed only the tomato juice, according to results of a small trial published in the European Journal of Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 12, 2011

Drug companies lose protections on Facebook, some decide to close pages
Facebook and the pharmaceutical industry have had an uneasy partnership in recent years. Many drug companies didn’t join the site until Facebook gave them a privilege that others do not have — blocking the public’s ability to openly comment on a page Wall. But that’s about to change. In a reversal by Facebook, most drug company pages will have to have open Walls starting Monday. Companies are worried that open Walls mean risks, and many are reconsidering their engagement on Facebook. On Friday, AstraZeneca, which sells the antidepressant Seroquel, shut down a page devoted to depression. Johnson & Johnson said it will close four of its pages Monday.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)
Comment: Unsurprisingly, as Facebook gradually opened the pharma industry’s pages to public commenting, still more drug companies responded by closing them.

August 12, 2011

Pfizer Confesses About ‘Potential’ Overseas Bribes
In another instance in which a drugmaker appears to have bribed overseas officials, Pfizer has “voluntarily” provided the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission with information concerning “potentially improper payments” made by Pfizer and Wyeth personnel in connection with certain unspecified sales activities outside the US. The move comes amid increased scrutiny by the feds into the pharmaceutical industry and its interactions with foreign health care systems.
Read article at pharmalot.com

August 11, 2011

Pfizer: Nigeria drug trial victims get compensation
US-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has made the first compensation payment to Nigerian families affected by a controversial drug trial 15 years ago. It paid $175,000 (£108,000) each to four families in the first of a series of payments it is expected to make. The payouts are part of an out-of-court settlement reached in 2009. In 1996, 11 children died and dozens were left disabled after Pfizer gave them the experimental anti-meningitis drug, Trovan.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

August 10, 2011

Authorship rules for medical journals flouted by pharma industry
Rather than ensure the proper attribution of authorship, rules set up by leading medical journals to define and credit authorship of published articles are exploited by the pharmaceutical industry in its attempt to conceal and misrepresent industry contributions to the literature.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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GMO News

August 24, 2011

Polish president vetoes bill allowing GMO seeds
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski on Wednesday vetoed a new legislation that would allow some genetically modified seeds in the country, saying it ran against European Union rules.
Read news report at reuters.com
Comment: With the majority of Poles known to be opposed to GMOs, and protestors having recently been gathering outside his Presidential Palace chanting “No to GMO”, President Komorowski has been forced to bow to the will of the people. Despite this step in the right direction, however, nobody should be in any doubt over the fact that the GM industry’s fierce lobbying of the Polish legislature will continue.

August 12, 2011

India Sues Monsanto Over Genetically-Modified Eggplant
The already-explosive politics surrounding genetically-modified (GM) eggplant (brinjal) in India is getting still more explosive with a government agency’s decision to prosecute the developers of the insect resistant-eggplant eggplant.
Read article at forbes.com

August 9, 2011

“Monsanto quit India” day observed across the nation
Citizens say no to GM food and multinational seed corporations promoting them
NEW DELHI: On Quit India day, Greenpeace projected “Monsanto Quit India” on the India Gate highlighting the national opposition to the multinational seed companies like Monsanto. They were also joined by scores of Delhiites observing a candle light vigil and taking a pledge to protect the food safety and sovereignty of the country.
Read press release at greenpeace.org

July 13, 2011

Hungary destroys all GMO maize fields
Some 400 hectares of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added. Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary.
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Other Health-related News

August 23, 2011

African Union: Time to scale up nutritional interventions
Nutritional interventions need to be scaled up to tackle malnourishment and undernourishment that affects more than 200m Africans, the African Union (AU) has said. The AU’s 10-year-old New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) said at a recent meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that local networks needed to be better utilised to deliver more potent nutritional interventions. “If Africa does not invest in food and nutrition security, the consequences will be big,” said Boitshepo Bibi Giyose, senior Advisor for Food and Nutrition Security at the NEPAD Agency.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 12, 2011

Most pregnant women aren't getting enough vitamin D: study
The majority of pregnant women in Vancouver might not be getting enough vitamin D, even with prenatal supplements, according to a study published on Thursday.
Read article in the Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Comment: Recent research has shown that pregnant women in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones and, in Australia, that low levels of this nutrient are strongly linked to gestational diabetes.

August 11, 2011

Low vitamin D linked to earlier first menstruation, a risk factor for health problems throughout life
A study links low vitamin D in young girls with early menstruation, which is a risk factor for a host of health problems for teen girls as well as women later in life.
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Political News

July 30, 2011

Protests convict Blair for war crimes
Sydney Stop The War Coalition held a street-theatre protest in Darling Harbour on July 29 outside a $1000-a-head speaking engagement for former British PM and war criminal Tony Blair. The protesters held a mock trial of Blair, who was charged, tried and convicted of making fraudulent excuses for the invasion of Iraq, the murder of a million Iraqi people, profiting from the proceeds of crime and other crimes against humanity.
Read article in the Green Left Weekly (Australia)

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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