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February 17, 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 14, 2012

Omega-3s linked to slower eye sight loss in people with retinal disease: Study
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids in combination with vitamin A supplements may slow the decline in eye sight in people with retinitis pigmentosa, says a new study in the Archives of Ophthalmology.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 13, 2012

Magnesium linked to better blood pressure: Meta-analysis
Supplements of magnesium may offer 'small but clinically significant reductions' in blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis from the UK.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
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February 13, 2012

Exercise in early 20s may lower risk of osteoporosis
Physical exercise in the early twenties improves bone development and may reduce the risk of fractures later in life, reveals a study of more than 800 Swedish men carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: Regular physical activity is a precondition for good health and should be performed by everyone. To read research and clinical studies about the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting osteoporosis, click here.

February 9, 2012

Fish oil might help prevent psychiatric disorders
A study is now underway to test the effectiveness of Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) for treating psychiatric symptoms. This new study by Researchers at Zucker Hillside Hospital's Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program, is a randomised double-blind trial that was designed to test whether Omega-3 fatty acids improve clinical symptoms, and help adolescents and young adults (ages 12 to 25) who are at elevated risk for severe psychiatric disorders function better in school, work and other social environments.
Read article in The Times of India

February 8, 2012

Pneumonia wonder drug: Zinc saves lives
Respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, are the most common cause of death in children under the age of five. In a study looking at children given standard antibiotic therapy, new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine shows how zinc supplements drastically improved children's chances of surviving the infection. The increase in survival due to zinc (on top of antibiotics) was even greater for HIV infected children.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

January 26, 2012

Preventing Migraines
Migraines are seriously debilitating and affect nearly 10% of the United States population. Women are affected more than men, at a ratio of about 3:1 (18% vs. 6%). There is an economic impact as well. It is estimated employers lose about $13 billion annually from lost workdays due to migraines. Not only are migraines extremely painful for those that experience them, but persons who have migraines are more likely to suffer from other chronic conditions, such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, hypertension and depression. Also, those that have a major depressive episode are almost three times as likely to have a migraine than those that do not have an episode (20.4% vs. 7.3%). Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, shows promise in helping those that suffer from migraines.
Read article on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston found in bath with prescription drugs nearby, latest reports claim
Whitney Houston was found in the bath with prescription drugs nearby, latest reports claim as the death of the singer prompts a worldwide outpouring of grief. Celebrity websites are claiming that the 48-year-old may have drowned in the bath and that while there were no illegal drugs in her room there were pills nearby.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: As with the deaths of Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger before her, it seems possible that the tragic and untimely passing of Whitney Houston may turn out to be yet another sobering reminder of the life-threatening dangers of patented synthetic drugs. If so, then any subsequent arguments as to whether or not these toxic substances were prescribed by physicians essentially miss the point: Dangerous pharmaceuticals are not made safer just because they might have been obtained via a physician's prescription pad. Moreover, with its total annual global sales now approaching 1 trillion dollars, the grim reality is that the Pharma Cartel has a vested financial interest in users becoming addicted to its products.

February 12, 2012

Glaxo studies traditional Chinese medicine
Scientists from GlaxoSmithKline are to study how traditional Chinese medicine can be applied to modern drugs as part of a revamp of the companys research and development. Britains biggest drug maker last week unveiled the outcome of a review of its 38 groups of scientists, known as Discovery Performance Units (DPU), saying it would close three units and open four. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the new units will look at traditional Chinese medicines, investigating how their principles can be applied to making new, synthetic, molecules.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: The near-trillion dollar a year profits of the pharmaceutical industry are based on the patenting of new synthetic molecules. The patents on these chemicals essentially allow drug companies to arbitrarily define their profits. Natural herbal-based medicines, on the other hand given that they cant be patented are of no interest to the pharmaceutical industry. Instead, they are studied with the intention of producing new, synthetic versions of their key constituent molecules and then marketing these as multi-billion dollar patented drugs.

February 9, 2012

'Fen-phen' derived drug responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths in France
A new study published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety reveals that benfluorex, a fenfluramine derivative drug used in France under the name Mediator, is likely responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths over a 30 year period.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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GMO News

February 13, 2012

Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in France
French farmer Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller
A French court has declared the US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides. In the first such case heard in court in France, the grain grower Paul Francois, 47, said he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

February 10, 2012

GM crops: Follow the money
Supposedly objective scientific and economic assessments of the benefits of genetically modified crops are often biased by the fact they are funded by the very organisations they analyse, argues Wenonah Hauter.
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) has done it again. Their annual 'state of play' report on genetically-modified (GM) agriculture, paid for by a host of vested interests including Monsanto, Bayer CropScience and CropLife International, uses inflated claims and sleight of hand to 'demonstrate' the alleged popularity of GM crops.
Read article at euractiv.com

February 8, 2012

GMOs in Europe - The Anglerfish deception...
Consumers in Europe have been vocal in rejecting genetically modified foods. This opposition has led to member states adopting similar positions, in defiance of the EU Commission, which sees genetic modification as a triumph of industry and a potential way of increasing crop yields and agricultural profits.
Read article on the La Leva di Archimede website (Italy)

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Other Health-related News

February 15, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency linked to speech problems
New research has found a link between vitamin D deficiencies in pregnant women and speech difficulties in children. The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth found children whose mothers have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are twice as likely to have language problems.
Read article abc.net.au (Australia)

February 13, 2012

Omega-3 fatty acid on trial: Study to evaluate long-term effects on intelligence, behaviour
University of Kansas researchers John Colombo and Susan Carlson have been awarded $2.5 million for the next five years of a 10-year, double-blind randomized controlled trial to determine whether prenatal nutritional supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA benefits childrens intelligence and school readiness. The possibility that DHA may have long-term benefits for cognitive-intellectual development, particularly on measures that predict school achievement, would have enormous implications for public policy on prenatal nutrition, said Susan Carlson, A. J. Rice Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Political News

February 10, 2012

Greek police union wants to arrest EU/IMF officials
Greece's largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials from the country's European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders for demanding deeply unpopular austerity measures.
Read news report at reuters.com

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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