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January 27, 2012

Latest News Updates

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 24, 2012

CoQ10 may enhance anti-inflammatory potential of Med diet
Supplementing a Mediterranean-style diet with co-enzyme Q10 may reduce markers of inflammation and improve a range of health measures, including heart and joint health.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 19, 2012

Magnesium may reduce stroke risk: Meta-analysis
Increased intakes of magnesium in the diet may reduce the risk of stroke, says a new meta-analysis from Sweden. Pooling data from seven prospective studies revealed that, for every 100 mg per day increase in magnesium intake, the risk of stroke was reduced by about 9%.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 18, 2012

Daily dose of rosehip extract could help cut heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels
A daily dose of the herbal remedy rose hip could cut the risk of heart disease, new research shows.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 24, 2012

Statin Drugs Shown to Increase Risk of Diabetes Significantly—Yet the Media Scramble to Protect the Drugs’ Reputation
Statins are taken by one in four Americans over the age of 45, even though diet can fix high cholesterol quicker and more safely. Here’s new evidence of the drugs’ dangers. A University of Massachusetts Medical School study has found that statins significantly increase risk of type 2 diabetes among postmenopausal women—an increased rate of 48% compared to those not on cholesterol-lowering drugs. The data comes from the massive Women’s Health Initiative, which surveyed 161,808 women.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

January 24, 2012

Challenging Medical Ghostwriting in US Courts
Despite growing concern about medical ghostwriting, pharmaceutical companies, universities, medical journals, and communication companies employing ghostwriters have thus far failed to adequately stem the problem. As a result, some commentators have proposed that legal remedies could be sought by patients harmed by drugs publicized in ghostwritten papers.
Read essay by Xavier Bosch et al. at plosmedicine.org

January 23, 2012

Pharma Fights Effort To Dispose Of Unused Meds
For the past few years, a growing effort has been made to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs lingering in medicine cabinets and dresser drawers. Flushing medications down the toilet can cause environmental problems, such as tainting drinking water supplies (see this). And leaving drugs, notably painkillers, around the house can also lead to abuse and overdose by teens and adults, who sometimes sell pills. To combat the problem, a state senator in Washington plans to try - for a fourth time - to introduce legislation that would create a disposal program. And the plan, which is a modeled on a similar effort in Vancouver involving drop-offs at local pharmacies, would require drugmakers to pony up some funds to cover the cost. However, the pharmaceutical industry is, once again, fighting the program, as InvestigateWest reports.
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 23, 2012

J&J Must Face Lawsuits Over OTC Motrin Labeling
In a defeat for Johnson & Johnson, a federal judged ruled the drugmaker will have to defend against lawsuits charging it failed to properly warn that its over-the-counter Motrin pain reliever can cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and a deadlier form of the disease known as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. The judge refused to dismiss two lawsuits brought by parents who claim their children were harmed.
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 20, 2012

EMA Probes Novartis MS Pill Over Deaths
One month after Novartis initiated an investigation into a death tied to its new Gilenya pill for multiple sclerosis, the European Medicines Agency has now launched its own probe after receiving reports of up to 11 deaths among patients who took the medication.
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 19, 2012

Merck to settle Canada Vioxx suits for up to C$37M
Merck makes deal to settle Canadian Vioxx lawsuits for up to C$37 million, admits no liability
Drugmaker Merck & Co. said Thursday that it has reached a deal to settle all lawsuits in Canada over its recalled painkiller Vioxx, for up to 36.9 million Canadian dollars ($36.5 million).
Read Associated Press news report at yahoo.com

January 19, 2012

J&J Pays $158M To Settle Risperdal Lawsuit In Texas
Just one week after a closely watched trial began in an Austin, Texas, courtroom, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $158 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general, who charged the Janssen pharmaceutical unit orchestrated a controversial program that was allegedly designed to boost the use of the Risperdal antipsychotic in the public sector throughout the country. A whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2004 described how J&J surreptitiously created and funded TMAP, or the Texas Medication Algorithm Project. TMAP relied on various state officials and academics to develop and sell the program as a policy tool, according to the lawsuit, which was joined in 2006 by the Texas state attorney general Greg Abbott
Read article at pharmalot.com

January 18, 2012

Effects of Tamiflu still uncertain, warn experts, as Roche continues to withhold key trial data
Two years after pharmaceutical giant Roche promised the BMJ it would release key Tamiflu trial data for independent scrutiny, the safety and effectiveness of this anti-influenza drug remains uncertain, warn experts today. A new report by the Cochrane Collaboration says Roche's refusal to provide full access to all its data leaves critical questions about how well the drug works unresolved. A BMJ investigation, published to coincide with today's report, also raises serious concerns about access to drug data, the use of ghost writers in drug trials, and the drug approval process.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: Studies with Tamiflu conducted in children and the elderly have shown a reduction in the length of illness of only 1 day, with its reported side-effects including nausea; vomiting; headaches; diarrhoea; abdominal pain and dangerous psychiatric side effects. Notably, therefore, the official World Health Organization guidance on Tamiflu issued in 2004, which urged governments to stockpile the drug, was authored by scientists who had previously received payment from its manufacturer, Roche.

January 18, 2012

Cancer Drugs Could Cause Tumours To Spread, Rather Than Preventing Them, Warns Study
Cancer drugs that are designed to shrink tumours by cutting off the supply to their blood may be doing the opposite and helping them spread to other parts of the body, a study has warned.
Read article in the Huffington Post
Comment: Through the formation of new blood vessels – a process known as angiogenesis – tumours are able to feed and expand. A key mechanism of cancer development, drug companies are currently spending hundreds of millions of dollars to find synthetic inhibitors of this process that they can patent and market as drugs. Significantly, therefore, unlike drugs, micronutrients can decrease the formation of new tumour blood vessels safely, effectively and naturally. To learn more, read chapter III of Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki’s new book, “Victory Over Cancer!”.

January 13, 2012

Nurses' miscarriages linked to chemicals at work
Nurses who worked with chemotherapy drugs or sterilizing chemicals were twice as likely to have a miscarriage as their colleagues who didn't handle these materials, in a new study.
Read news report at reuters.com
Comment: Many people are simply not aware that the chemicals used in so-called chemotherapy are toxic and dangerous not just to the patients to whom they are administered, but also to the people they come in contact with. As these chemicals are excreted through the chemotherapy patient's skin, urine, stool, tears, semen and vaginal fluid, the people at risk of contamination include family members, caregivers and literally anyone touching him/her. To read shocking extracts from the "patient information leaflets" of these drugs, as published by the drug manufacturers themselves, click here.

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GMO News

January 18, 2012

Pesticide Illnesses and GM Soybeans
Ban on Aerial Spraying Demanded in Argentina
A network of 160 physicians, health workers and researchers in Argentina are demanding a ban on aerial spraying of pesticides based on increases in cancer and a range of pesticide-related illnesses since the introduction of genetically modified (GM) soybeans. These illnesses affect development, reproduction, the skin, as well as the immune, respiratory, neurological, and endocrine systems.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

January 17, 2012

BASF stops GM crop development in Europe
German chemical giant BASF is ceasing all its genetically modified plant development in Europe and moving it to the US. The relocation is a result of widespread political and popular opposition to GM foods in Europe.
Read article on the Deutsche Welle website (Germany)

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Other Health-related News

January 24, 2012

A quarter of UK toddlers are lacking Vitamin D
A quarter of all toddlers in the UK are lacking Vitamin D, according to research. Vitamin D supplements are recommended for those people at risk of deficiency, including all pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under five, and the elderly, but 74% of parents know nothing about them and more than half of healthcare professionals are also unaware, the BBC said.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

January 23, 2012

Big Tobacco led throat doctors to blow smoke
Tobacco companies conducted a carefully crafted, decades-long campaign to manipulate throat doctors into helping to calm concerns among an increasingly worried public that smoking might be bad for their health, according to a new study by researchers at the School of Medicine. Beginning in the 1920s, this campaign continued for over half of a century.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: Just as tobacco companies once sought to exploit the faith the public had in the medical profession as a means of reassuring their customers that their products were safe, the reality is that, today, the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry is doing exactly the same thing. For anybody who doubts that any industry would value profits more highly than health and unscrupulously continue to promote its products despite knowing them to be dangerous, the fact that tobacco companies have done this for decades – and denied, suppressed and ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence – provides a useful reminder that such industries exist.

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Political News

January 23, 2012

Croatia's EU leap
The referendum in Croatia on whether to join the European Union has come out in favour. If all goes to plan, the state of 4,300,000 people on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea will become the 28th member of the bloc by July 2013. But although two thirds of voters said 'yes', just 44 percent of those eligible to participate did so in Sunday's ballot.
Read article at euronews.net
Comment: Behind the headlines claiming that 67 per cent of voters in Croatia voted in favour of joining the 'Brussels EU' lies quite a different story, namely, that only a minority of the population – 44 per cent – actually voted. As such, in real terms, with a mere 29 per cent of people voting in favour, 15 per cent voting against and around 56 per cent effectively abstaining, the vast majority of Croatians have clearly not given their support to their country being ruled by the dictatorial 'Brussels EU' construct.

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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