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February 10, 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

February 8, 2012

Green tea helps keep elderly agile, study finds
Antioxidant-rich brew tends to slow onset of frailty
Elderly adults who regularly drink green tea may stay more agile and independent than their peers over time, according to a Japanese study that looked at thousands of people.
Read article in the Vancouver Sun (Canada)

February 1, 2012

Integrative medicine: Vitamin D can help turn health around
Paying attention to our vitamin D intake may be a way to improve medical conditions.
The winter season is upon us, with a lack of daylight hours, cloudy days and temperamental weather. And so we pack on the winter pounds, get the winter blues, and go into relative metabolic hibernation until spring arrives. But what if we could circumvent some of this seasonal downturn in our health? Paying attention to our vitamin D intake may be a way to improve our health, and to improve a host of medical conditions.
Read article in the Seattle Times (USA)

January 23, 2012

Magnesium May Benefit Stroke Risk
In the United States, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds, totaling 795,000 Americans each year. Of those Americans suffering a stroke, 137,000 will die, about 1 every 4 minutes, accounting for 1 of every 18 deaths. Stroke is currently the number 4 cause of death in the U.S. and will cost $73.7 billion for stroke-related medical costs and disability in 2010. While nutrition, including olive oil, 1000 mg per day of potassium, over 35 grams of fiber per day and over 47 mg of flavonols per day may help with stroke risk, a new study suggests that magnesium may also help.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 6, 2012

Brown University, A Paxil Study And Retractions
For the past few years, an effort has been under way by a pair of academics to retract a study about the Paxil antidepressant in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that concluded the GlaxoSmithKline pill was generally well tolerated and effective for major depression in adolescents. Why? Since then, the 2001 paper has been discredited amid charges that primary and secondary outcomes were conflated, selective results were reported and ghostwriting was involved (see this).
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 6, 2012

J&J Hid Risperdal Studies to Boost Drug Sales, Lawyer Says
Johnson & Johnson hid studies showing its Risperdal anti-psychotic drug caused diabetes to protect billions of dollars in sales, a lawyer said in the first personal-injury claim over the medication to go to trial.
Read article at businessweek.com

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GMO News

February 8, 2012

Bayer Crop Science told to compensate Maharashtra farmers for poor BT cotton yields
PUNE: The Maharashtra government has ordered the Indian unit of Bayer Crop Science, the world's largest agrochemicals company, to pay 45 lakh as compensation to 164 farmers as one of its BT cotton hybrids did not deliver the promised yield, the first instance of a seed company being asked to make good farmers' losses.
Read article on the Economic Times website

February 8, 2012

Food Herbicide Residues Set to Rise As Much As 150 Times
Monsanto has applied to increase the EUs permitted Maximum Residue Level (MRL) for its best-selling herbicide glyphosate in lentils. Proposals before the EU would mean increasing the current legal residue level by 100-150 times. The chemical is widely used on GM crops and elsewhere for weed control and to dry crops prior to harvest. The current EU MRL for glyphosate in lentils is 0.1 mg/kg. The proposal aims to raise this level to 10 mg/kg, or even 15mg/kg.
Read press release at gmfreeze.org

February 7, 2012

Organic farming dwarfs GM crops in Europe as public rejection hits biotech firms
Public resistance to genetically modified crops has ensured that the area grown in Europe in 2011 remained at 0.1 per cent of all arable land, shows figures released today by Friends of the Earth Europe. In comparison, organic farming accounted for 3.7 per cent. The figures follow recent announcements of the biotech industry retreating from parts of Europe.
Read press release on the Friends of the Earth website

February 7, 2012

Modified Crops Tap a Wellspring of Protest
Silent in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their fields.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

February 1, 2012

Monsanto scraps GM maize in France
Agriculture and biotechnology giant Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell genetically modified maize in France this year, or anytime in the future.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

January 31, 2012

China says 'no' to genetically engineered rice
It took seven years, teams of young campaigners and hordes of devoted supporters, but September 2011 the Chinese government finally said it was suspending the commercialisation of genetically-engineered (GE) rice.
Read article on the Greenpeace International website

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Other Health-related News

February 7, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency high among trauma patients
New research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that 77 percent of trauma patients had deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

February 7, 2012

Low vitamin D status linked to food allergy and eczema in children: Study
Below normal levels of vitamin D, due to low sun exposure, have been associated with increased incidence of food allergy and eczema in children, say researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 7, 2012

44 percent of postmenopausal women with distal radius fracture have low levels of vitamin D
Wrist fractures, also called distal radius fractures (DRF), are among the most common osteoporosis-related fractures occurring on average 15 years earlier than hip fractures. As vitamin D deficiency has recently been linked with muscle weakness, increased fall risks, and bone fractures, investigators sought to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among post menopausal women with DRF. The study, "Hypovitaminosis D in Postmenopausal Women with a Distal Radius Fracture," was presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Read article at medicalxpress.com

February 1, 2012

Pesticides Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
Pesticides could be suppressing vitamin D levels in people, leading to deficiency and disease, say scientists. This comes from a new study which discovered that adults with high serum concentrations of organochlorine pesticides, such as DDT, have lower vitamin D levels, further proving that these chemicals have a long-lasting impact on human health.
Read article on the ENews Park Forest website (Illinois, USA)

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Political News

February 8, 2012

The bailout money won't go to ordinary Greeks
If you're wondering why Greece is being so obstreperous about the money it's being offered, ponder this chart. Of every euro given to 'Greece', the Greek authorities get to spend just 19 cents; the rest goes on rescuing bankers and bondholders from the consequences of their malinvestments. Yet again, the poor are bailing out the rich.
See pie chart in blog entry by Daniel Hannan on the Daily Telegraph website (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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