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June 15, 2012

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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 11, 2012

Vitamin C shows exercise benefits: Human data
Daily supplements of vitamin C may decrease heart rate during exercise and reduce the perception of fatigue and exertion, suggests new data.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 11, 2012

Omega-3s may lower heart failure risk by 15%: Meta-analysis
Increased intakes of omega-3s and higher blood levels of the fatty acids are associated with a 15% decrease in the risk of heart failure, says a new meta-analysis.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 7, 2012

'Breakthrough' study supports Pycnogenol's vascular benefits
Daily supplements of an extract from French Maritime Pine bark may boost vascular health in people with stable coronary artery disease, according to data from a gold standard randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study from Switzerland.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 7, 2012

Exercise reduces psoriasis risk
New research by scientists at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Womens Hospital highlights another medical condition improved by exercise: the skin affliction called psoriasis. In a study published online by the journal Archives of Dermatology, researchers found that vigorous activity reduced the risk of women developing psoriasis by as much as 25 or 30 percent, compared with the women in the study who exercised least.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 6, 2012

Tart cherries reduce osteoarthritis inflammation
Tart cherries may help reduce chronic inflammation, especially in people suffering from debilitating joint pain and arthritis, according to new research. In fact, researchers from Oregon Health and Science University suggest tart cherries have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food" and can help people with osteoarthritis manage their disease.
Read article on the Times of India website

June 6, 2012

Folic acid supplements may slow artery hardening: Study
Daily supplements containing folic acid may reduce hardening of the arteries and counter the development of atherosclerosis, suggests a new meta-analysis by Chinese scientists.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 4, 2012

Iron pills may help women beat fatigue
Prescribing iron supplements may help some women with fatigue even if they are not officially anaemic, Swiss researchers suggest. A severe shortage of iron is the most common cause of anaemia resulting in lethargy, weakness and feeling faint. A study of 198 women, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, showed iron pills may also help those with moderately low iron levels too.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 11, 2012

Diabetes Drugs Avandia, Actos Linked to Vision Woes
They may raise risk of macular edema, researchers report
British researchers report that thiazolidinediones, diabetes medications that are used to help control blood sugar levels, may cause eye problems in those who take them. The drugs that fall into this group include Avandia and Actos, which have been tied to increased risk of heart attack in the case of Avandia and bladder cancer in the case of Actos.
Read article on the US News and World Report website

June 11, 2012

Statins shown to cause fatigue
In a study of more than 1,000 adults, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that individuals taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are more likely than non-users to experience decreased energy, fatigue upon exertion, or both.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 7, 2012

Antidepressants, Autism & The Water Supply
Yet another study suggests that pharmaceuticals finding their way into the water supply may be linked to a troubling issue. A team of researchers has discovered that fish show autism-like gene expression after exposure to water containing antidepressants, such as Prozac and Effexor.
Read article at pharmalot.com

Comment: Evidence is growing worldwide that the pharmaceutical industry is polluting the environment and that drinking water supplies are now contaminated with measurable amounts of dangerous synthetic chemical drugs. A study published in 2009, for example, found that fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them. Thus far, testing has revealed that at least 46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, scientists in the UK have found cancer drugs in tap water and rising levels of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters which they fear could seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem and potentially damage the food-chain. The worlds highest drug levels in water are believed to occur in India, where 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients at 150 times the highest levels detected in the U.S. have been found.

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GMO News

June 13, 2012

Syngenta Charged for Covering up Livestock Deaths from GM Corn
Corporation faces criminal charges for concealing own study in which cows died after eating its genetically modified corn
Biotech giant Syngenta has been criminally charged with denying knowledge that its genetically modified (GM) Bt corn kills livestock during a civil court case that ended in 2007.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

June 4, 2012

Seeds of doubt: Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto
Five million Brazilian farmers are locked in a lawsuit with US-based biotech giant Monsanto, suing for as much as 6.2 billion euros. They say that the genetic-engineering company has been collecting royalties on crops it unfairly claims as its own. The farmers claim that Monsanto unfairly collects exorbitant profits every year worldwide on royalties from renewal seed harvests. Renewal crops are those that have been planted using seed from the previous years harvest. While the practice of renewal farming is an ancient one, Monsanto disagrees, demanding royalties from any crop generation produced from its genetically-engineered seed. Because the engineered seed is patented, Monsanto not only charges an initial royalty on the sale of the crop produced, but a continuing 2 per cent royalty on every subsequent crop, even if the farmer is using a later generation of seed.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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Other Health-related News

June 10, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency 'may be behind disparities in cancer survival rates'
Vitamin D deficiency may account for unexplained disparities in cancer survival rates between African and White Americans, a new study has claimed. There is a large body of scientific literature supporting the role of solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) light and vitamin D in reducing incidence and mortality rates of many types of cancer. In addition, papers have reported that those with higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations when diagnosed with seven types of cancer have higher cancer-specific and all-cause survival rates.
Read article on the newstrackindia.com website

June 8, 2012

France bans Syngenta pesticide linked to bee decline
The French government has banned a pesticide linked to the decline of bees that is widely used to treat oilseed rape. Cruiser OSR, which contains the neonicotinoid insecticide thiamethoxam, was banned for use on oilseed rape by the French Ministry of Agriculture.
Read article on the Farmers Weekly website (UK)

June 7, 2012

CT scans could triple risk of a brain tumour in children
Thousands of children every year who undergo head scans triple their risk of developing leukaemia or a brain tumour, scientists warn today.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: The early detection of health problems is very important in curtailing the progress of, or eliminating, disease at its onset. Over the last decades, various imaging techniques such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans have been developed and applied to diagnostic, as well as therapeutic, medical care. However, in recent years, many doctors and especially radiologists have become concerned with the overuse of certain diagnostic techniques, in particular those that expose patients to radiation. Although infrequent use of X-ray or CT (computed tomography) scans will not have adverse effects on a patient, multiple exposures to radiation over a short period of time can cause serious damage to cells, resulting in an increased risk of cancer and other diseases. To learn how to use diagnostic technologies wisely and for the benefit of your health, click here.

April 28, 2012

China takes new steps to promote TCM overseas
China will establish a sound international market-oriented trade promotion, management, and marketing system for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the next five years, according to a joint proposal issued by 14 government agencies including the Ministry of Commerce and State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing on April 26. Wang Guoqiang, Vice Health Minister and Director of the State Administration of TCM, said that the substantial cultural difference between the East and the West has impeded TCMs acceptance by Western society. Therefore, the TCM culture must be actively promoted abroad to ensure TCMs smooth international expansion.
Read article on the Peoples Daily Online website (China)

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Political News

June 13, 2012

Greece and the EU in a high-stakes poker game
What once seemed unthinkable is now being discussed openly in Brussels. Greece could leave the eurozone following parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Read article on the Deutsche Welle website (Germany)

June 11, 2012

Eight out of 10 Britons Want Referendum on EU Membership Report
LONDON--More than eight out of 10 Britons believe the country should have a referendum on its membership of the European Union, with 49% saying there should be a vote straight away, a survey by the Populus polling firm published in The Times newspaper showed Monday.
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May 21, 2012

Blair-Bush Iraq conversation 'must be released'
Extracts from a record of a phone call between Tony Blair and George Bush on the eve of the Iraq War must be released, a tribunal ruled today. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was ordered to disclose parts of a note detailing a conversation between the two leaders on March 12 2003.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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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