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January 20, 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

January 11, 2012

More vitamin E linked to better mental function: Study
People with decreased mental function and Alzheimer's disease are more likely to have low blood levels of vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols, suggest new findings from an international team of researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 11, 2012

Omega-3 linked to better memory in former depressives: Study
Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in membranes of red blood cells (erythrocytes) is associated with better mental function in older people recovering from depression, suggests new research.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 9, 2012

Pycnogenol Improves Both Mental and Cellular Health in Elderly
Pycnogenol is a bark extract from the French maritime pine that is rich in plant antioxidants called polyphenols. These polyphenols are thought to be responsible for pycnogenol's significant health benefits at levels of 100-150 mg of Pycnogenol per day for up to 8 weeks. While recent research found 100 mg of Pycnogenol per day for 8 weeks to show “a role for Pycnogenol to improve cognitive function in normal students”, research also suggests that Pycnogenol may also improve cellular health and mental health in the elderly.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

January 9, 2012

Inositol Helps Metabolic Health in Postmenopausal Women
Metabolic Syndrome affects over 47 million Americans and is characterized by a number of risk factors that include central obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen), increased blood pressure (130/85 mmHg or higher), and insulin resistance (the body can't properly use insulin to control blood sugar). The condition is also known as “Syndrome X” because it consists of so many symptoms. Metabolic Syndrome becomes a significant problem for postmenopausal women due to the physiological changes brought on by menopause. The increased risks of obesity, reduced blood sugar control and high blood pressure characterized by Metabolic Syndrome all increase the risk of cardiovascular disease which costs our healthcare system $450 billion per year. Now a new study (4) suggests inositol may help with metabolic health in postmenopausal women.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 17, 2012

Prescription medication 'increases falls in all ages'
People who take two or more prescription drugs could be twice as likely to take a serious fall regardless of their age, research suggests.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

January 17, 2012

New 'smart' pill tells patients when drugs dose due
A new “intelligent” pill that tells patients how to better follow doctors' orders and take medication properly is to go on sale in Britain within months, it has been announced. The tiny edible microchip records precise details of medication programmes through a monitoring “receiver” patch attached to patients' shoulder or arm.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: The pharmaceutical industry portrays itself as an industry fighting to prevent and eliminate diseases but, behind the pretext of this noble cause, it is demanding blind obedience from hundreds of millions of patients. As with the breath-monitoring device developed by researchers at the University of Florida and Xhale, therefore, some might argue that one of the long-term goals behind the approval of so-called “smart pills” could possibly be to force patients into taking patented chemical drug medicines by nullifying their medical and/or life insurance if it is discovered they have discontinued them.

January 16, 2012

U.S. to Force Drug Firms to Report Comment: Paid to Doctors
WASHINGTON – To head off medical conflicts of interest, the Obama administration is poised to require drug companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors for research, consulting, speaking, travel and entertainment.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

January 13, 2012

Roche Faces First Trial of Claims Over Raptiva Infections
Roche Holding AG (ROG)'s Genentech Inc. is facing the first trial of patients' claims that its withdrawn Raptiva psoriasis drug spawned fatal infections in some users.
Read article at Bloomberg.com

January 12, 2012

UK survey finds science misconduct “alive and well”
More than one in 10 British-based scientists or doctors have witnessed colleagues intentionally altering or fabricating data during their research, according to a survey by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Thursday.
Read article in the Baltimore Sun (Maryland/US)

January 12, 2012

A Texas Official On The Johnson & Johnson Payroll
Earlier this week, a widely anticipated trial began in an Austin, Texas courtroom, where Johnson & Johnson is accused of orchestrating a controversial program that was allegedly designed to boost the use of the Risperdal antipsychotic in the public sector. A whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2004 described how J&J surreptitiously created and funded TMAP, or the Texas Medication Algorithm Project.
Read article and watch video at pharmalot.com

January 11, 2012

Move by former agency boss 'damaging' public trust in EU
New evidence alleges that the former head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) set up his own consultancy business to advise pharmaceutical industry clients while he was still employed as the head of EMA. It is said this is “damaging the trust that European citizens should place in officials appointed to protect public health”.
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: Revealing though this news is, it could be argued that public trust in the 'Brussels EU' could hardly be damaged any further than it already is. Anyone aware of the facts regarding the ongoing attempts by the 'Brussels EU' to curtail the spread of lifesaving natural health information will long ago have lost complete trust in the officials supposedly appointed by it to “protect public health.” As a result, awareness is growing worldwide that dismantling the 'Brussels EU' is now a precondition for global natural health freedom.

January 11, 2012

Statins Could Aggravate Diabetes Risk in Women: Study
Diabetes could be an added risk for women taking the cholesterol-lowering drug, more popularly touted as statins. The research, published in the Jan. 9 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, states that postmenopausal women on statins have a higher risk of developing diabetes.
Read on the website of the International Business Times

January 11, 2012

Pradaxa Side Effect Reports Were Hemorrhaging
Just when you thought the clouds hovering the Pradaxa bloodthinner could not get any darker, yet another report underscores concern about the Boehringer Ingelheim drug. The latest missive shows there were 505 cases of hemorrhaging reported to the FDA in the first quarter of 2011, shortly after the med was approved for preventing stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation. The cases resulted in death, disability, hospitalization or some other serious outcome, and the median age of the patients was 80, suggesting that the oldest and most vulnerable patients were hemorrhaging due to a drug overdose, according to the Quarter Watch reported from the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices, a non-profit.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

January 9, 2012

USDA Scientist Reveals All
Glyphosate Hazards to Crops, Soils, Animals, and Consumers In less than an hour, Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University and USDA senior scientist delivered to the UK Houses of Parliament a damning indictment of glyphosate agriculture as a most serious threat to the environment, livestock, and human health.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

January 16, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency strikes one-third of Australians
Nearly one third of Australian adults are suffering vitamin D deficiency according to a study involving more than 11,000 adults from around the country.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

January 16, 2012

Healthy brain wiring in adults depends on iron levels in adolescence, study
A lack of iron in childhood can affect the physical structure of the brain, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 12, 2012

Chemical found in deodorants, face cream and food products is discovered in tumours of ALL breast cancer patients
A chemical widely used as a preservative in cosmetics, food products and pharmaceuticals has been found in tissue samples from 40 women with breast cancer. A number of studies since 1998 have raised concerns about the potential role of these parabens in breast cancer as they possess oestrogenic properties. Oestrogen is known to play a central role in the development, growth and progression of breast cancer.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

January 11, 2012

Child leukaemia doubles near French nuclear plants: study
The incidence of leukemia is twice as high in children living close to French nuclear power plants as in those living elsewhere in the country, a study by French health and nuclear safety experts has found.
Read news report at reuters.com

January 8, 2012

As he turns 70, Stephen Hawking's longevity with ALS a mystery
CAMBRIDGE, England – British scientist Stephen Hawking has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe, but he has left one mystery unsolved: How has he managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease? The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease – also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS – when he was 21. Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis. Today, Hawking turns 70.
Read article on the Detroit Free Press website (USA)
Comment: It is notable that, at a time when the world's media has been preoccupied with asking how Professor Hawking has managed to survive almost half a century with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a particularly illuminating article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2002 is effectively being ignored. Asked by the BMJ whether he knew why the progression of his illness had been so unlike that of most other sufferers, Hawking said he suspects ALS is “a syndrome that can have different causes”, adding that perhaps his variety “is due to bad absorption of vitamins.” Significantly, therefore, the BMJ article added that Hawking supplements his diet with a wide variety of vitamin and mineral supplements on a daily basis – a regime he has reportedly (p. 96) followed since the latter half of the 1960s.

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Political News

January 12, 2012

Italy MPs block arrest of Berlusconi ally Cosentino
ROME – Italy's parliament voted on Thursday to block the arrest of lawmaker and ex-treasury official Nicola Cosentino, a close associate of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, on accusations of mafia associations. Naples magistrates had asked parliament to lift the immunity from the arrest of Cosentino, a member of Berlusconi's People of Freedom party who is being investigated on charges of links to the Camorra, the Naples-area mafia. Cosentino has denied the accusations. In a secret ballot, parliamentarians in the lower house voted 309 against arrest and 298 in favour.
Read article in the Toronto Star (Canada)
Comment:As the Irish Times has observed, Brussels EU technocrat (and Bilderberg steering committee member) Mario Monti might have been the Italian prime minister since last November, but Berlusconi still has control of the country's parliament. To learn more about the mafia connections of the Brussels EU, click here and here.

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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