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July 06 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

July 2, 2012

Vitamin B6 and B12 levels linked to mental function and depression
Low levels of vitamins B6 and B12 are associated with an increased risk of impaired cognition, says a new study that adds support to links between B vitamin intake and cognitive function.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 29, 2012

Higher selenium levels linked to lower diabetes risk: Harvard study
Increased levels of selenium in the body may be associated with a 25% reduction in the risk of type-2 diabetes, says a new study from Korea and Harvard.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 27, 2012

Diet rich in vegetables may help stave off acute pancreatitis
A diet rich in vegetables could help stave off the development of the serious condition acute pancreatitis, suggests a large study published online in the journal Gut.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

July 3, 2012

Medical Journals, Reprints And Publication Bias
It is no secret that reprints of studies published in medical journals are widely used as promotional tools by the pharmaceutical industry. And these reprints are also a welcome source of revenue for publishers. Of course, this has raised perennial questions about conflicts of interest, since the value of a large reprint order has the potential to influence whether a paper is accepted for publication. To explore such concerns, a group of researchers sought to determine whether industry funding is associated with high reprint orders. And a new analysis suggests an association does, indeed, exist.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 2, 2012

Glaxo Agrees to Pay $3 Billion in Fraud Settlement
In the largest settlement involving a pharmaceutical company, the British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $3 billion in fines for promoting its best-selling antidepressants for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a top diabetes drug, federal prosecutors announced Monday. The agreement also includes civil penalties for improper marketing of a half-dozen other drugs.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: Glaxo reported pre-tax profits of GBP 1.9bn ($3bn) during the three months to the end of December 2011 alone. For the whole of 2011, it reported a pre-tax profit of GBP 8.2bn ($12.9bn). As such, whilst this settlement is the largest ever involving a drug maker, the fact is that Glaxo can easily afford it.

July 2, 2012

EU's pharma patent court will be sited in London
One of the last pieces of the EU's unitary patent scheme fell into place late last week after the European Council agreed the locations of three unified patent courts. The central court will be located in Paris, while specialist courts will be set up in London and Munich. The London operation will deal primarily in patent cases related to the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, while Munich will deal with mechanical engineering and related fields.
Read article at pmlive.com (UK)

Comment: With these latest moves towards the finalization of a Brussels EU patent scheme, the work begun in the 1940s and 1950s by the Cartel’s Nazi patent expert, Carl Friedrich Ophuels, has almost been completed. To learn the shocking truth about the Nazi roots of the Brussels EU, click here.

July 2, 2012

Study suggests antipsychotic drugs during pregnancy linked to increased risk of gestational diabetes
A study that examined maternal use of antipsychotic drugs during pregnancy suggests that these medications may be linked to an increased risk of gestational diabetes, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

June 29, 2012

Roche Ordered to Pay $18 Million to Former Accutane Users
Roche Holding AG must pay a total of $18 million in damages to two former users of its Accutane acne drug who blamed the medicine for their bowel disease, a New Jersey jury ruled.
Read article at bloomberg.com

June 27, 2012

Wholesalers Are ‘Pill Mills’ For Painkillers
In a bid to curb the explosive abuse of prescription painkillers, West Virginia has filed lawsuits accusing 14 pharmaceutical wholesalers of “creating and profiting from the epidemic.” In strongly worded prepared remarks, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw called AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, among others, “pill mills” that must pay for their “illicit actions.”
Read article at pharmalot.com

Comment: The term "pill mill" is used to describe a doctor, pharmacist, pharmacy, clinic or wholesaler whose primary function is the distribution of pharmaceutical narcotics for profit. Operating as middle-men between the Pharma Cartel and addicts, "pill mill" owners and operators are essentially drug dealers in white lab coats. Significantly, therefore, according to U.S. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, nearly 15,000 Americans die every year from overdoses involving prescription painkillers — more than those who die from heroin and cocaine combined.

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GMO News

June 28, 2012

Monsanto Faces $7.5 Billion Payout to Brazilian Farmers
Monsanto, the largest seed corporation in the world, may have to pay as much as $7.5 billion to five million Brazilian soy farmers. The company has long dealt out severe legal sanctions against farmers it suspects of "pirating" its seed. But now the farmers have turned the tables on Monsanto, by suing the company and winning.
Read article at corpwatch.org

June 27, 2012

GM Soy Linked to Illnesses in Farm Pigs
Danish Farmer Reverses Illnesses in pigs by reverting to a GM-free diet for his animals, which is yet further evidence for the toxicity of glyphosate tolerant GM crop
A Danish farmer has gained huge public recognition for publishing his simple method for ridding his pigs of illness – removing genetically modified (GM) ingredients from their diet. Published in the farming magazine Effektivt Landbrug on 13 April 2012, the farmer Ib Borup Perderson describes how his pigs suffered from symptoms including chronic diarrhoea, birth defects, reproductive problems, reduced appetite, bloating, stomach ulcers, weaker and smaller piglets, and reduced litter sizes. This was not just a problem for the animals themselves but also the profitability of the farm, with fewer healthy animals, mounting costs of medicines and added labour costs. After researching the health hazards of GM foods and associated herbicides, Pederson decided to stop feeding his 450 sows with GM soybean, replacing them with fishmeal and non-GM soybean instead. He began to notice health benefits after two days of a GM-free diet.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

July 2, 2012

Major Dutch and UK groups sue EU over health claim laws
Food supplement and healthy food groups in the UK and the Netherlands have appealed to EU courts to annul the recently approved ‘Permitted List Regulation’ that wrote into law 222 health claims and rejected about 1500 others.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 11, 2012

Front group for BASF co-organise event at the Parliament on ‘bees and biodiversity’
In the build-up to Rio+20, the European Parliament played host to the “first ever European Week of the Bee and Pollination” from 3 to 6 June. Events included a high-profile conference inside the European Parliament and a large flower garden in front of the Parliament building. The conference in the Parliament was hosted by conservative MEP Gaston Franco, and held under the patronage of Commissioner Potocnik. It even featured ‘honey tasting with beekeepers’. Both events prominently carried the logos of the UNEP and the ‘Bees Biodiversity Network’. The conference invitation also featured the logo of German agrochemical giant BASF. But what it did not show, is that the Bees Biodiversity Network itself is operating closely in tandem with BASF, that has created and supported the network’s website.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

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Political News

July 3, 2012

French police search Nicolas Sarkozy home and office
Police have carried out searches of the home and offices of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy as part of a campaign financing probe. A law firm in which Mr Sarkozy owns shares was also searched, reports say. The investigation is related to allegations that Mr Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign received illegal donations from France's richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: Liliane Bettencourt and her family control over 30 percent of the shares in the cosmetics giant L'Oréal – which, in turn, holds a major shareholding in French drug maker Sanofi. Significantly therefore, former President Sarkozy has long had close links with the drug industry. Early on in his career he worked for the French drug firm, Servier – a company well known for its close relations with French politicians that has since become embroiled in one of the worst health scandals in France's history. Later, in 2004, as French Finance Minister, Sarkozy coerced the marriage between Sanofi and the Swiss/German drug giant Aventis/Hoechst. The Hoechst corporation, the most valuable “bride” in this forced marriage, was a member of the infamous IG Farben cartel which, together with Bayer and BASF, had brought Hitler to power and financed the preparations for WWII – including the construction of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

July 1, 2012

David Cameron 'prepared to consider EU referendum'
David Cameron is prepared to consider a referendum on the UK's EU relationship, but only when the time is right, he has written in the Sunday Telegraph. In the article, the prime minister said he wanted a "real choice" for voters but said that an immediate in/out referendum was not what most wanted.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: Cameron is only barely correct in claiming that an immediate in/out referendum on the Brussels EU is not what most British people want. A recent poll showed that the country’s voters overwhelmingly believe there should be a referendum on their relationship with the construct, with just under half - 49 per cent - wanting such a referendum immediately. A further third - 33 per cent - believe there should be a vote "in the next few years."

June 27, 2012

Draghi faces formal complaint over conflicts of interest
A formal complaint has been made with the EU Ombudsman concerning the European Central Bank President’s membership of a banking lobby. As the European Council prepares to give the European Central Bank (ECB) considerable influence on more issues of direct interest to private banks, the complaint, filed by research and campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) calls into question Mario Draghi’s independence and suggests his involvement in the corporate bankers group creates a conflict of interests. The complaint states that Draghi’s membership of the ‘Group of Thirty’ – a banking lobby group – is at odds with the ECB’s rules on ethics. Draghi is alleged to maintain close ties with the group and to participate in closed meetings.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory 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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