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March 5, 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 28, 2012

Vitamin D may ease painful periods
A single large dose of vitamin D may help women with painful periods feel more comfortable and skip painkillers, Italian researchers report.
Read article at cbsnews.com (USA)

February 27, 2012

Flavonoid rich citrus fruits may reduce stroke risk
Consumption of flavonoid rich foods and supplements could lead to reductions ischemic stroke risk, say researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 27, 2012

Leucine supplements may combat muscle loss in older people
The amino acid leucine may help older people synthesize muscle in response to lower protein meals, suggests a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 24, 2012

Vitamin D3 may cut fat mass, boost heart health markers
Daily supplements of vitamin D3 may improve certain markers of heart health like HDL cholesterol, and lead to significant reductions in body fat mass in overweight and obese people, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 28, 2012

Sleeping pills may be as dangerous as smoking cigarettes, says lead author of new report
Hundreds of thousands of people who take sleeping pills just twice a month are nearly four times more likely to die prematurely, according to new research. The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, analysed 10,500 people taking a wide-range of sleeping pills, including tamazepam and diazepam.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

February 27, 2012

'Chemo brain' may last and last
Chemotherapy patients have long complained of the mental fog that tends to accompany treatment, but a new study suggests that certain combinations of chemo drugs may have long-term effects on cognition.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)
Comment: The chemicals used in so-called "chemotherapy" are extremely toxic. To read shocking extracts from the "patient information leaflets" of these drugs, as published by the drug manufacturers themselves, click here. To learn about safe and effective natural health approaches to cancer treatment that have been shown to block ALL key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease, click here.

February 27, 2012

Cocktail of Popular Drugs May Cloud Brain
Many people are unaware that dozens of painkillers, antihistamines and psychiatric medications from drugstore staples to popular antidepressants can adversely affect brain function, mostly in the elderly. Regular use of multiple medications that have this effect has been linked to cognitive impairment and memory loss.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

February 24, 2012

Dementia 'chemical cosh' warnings
Experts have found more evidence that prescribing dementia patients "chemical cosh" drugs increases their risk of early death.
Read article in the Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland)

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GMO News

February 27, 2012

Bill Gates' support of GM crops is wrong approach for Africa
Bill Gates' support of genetically modified (GM) crops as a solution for world hunger is of concern to those of us involved in promoting sustainable, equitable and effective agricultural policies in Africa. There are two primary shortcomings to Gates' approach. First, his technocratic ideology runs counter to the best informed science. The World Bank and United Nations funded 900 scientists over three years in order to create an International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). Its conclusions were diametrically opposed, at both philosophical and practical levels, to those espoused by Gates and clearly state that the use of GM crops is not a meaningful solution to the complex situation of world hunger.
Read article by Glenn Ashton in the Seattle Times (USA)

February 25, 2012

Zimbabwe to maintain ban on GMO crops
The top Zimbabwean agricultural official on Saturday said the government will maintain its ban on imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and will not allow GMO crop seeds into the country. Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made said imported GMO seeds pose a risk to national food security, while local scientists can develop seeds that are suitable for the country's soil and not harmful to the health of the people.
Read article at english.eastday.com (China)

February 22, 2012

Regulation of Transgenic Insects Highly Inadequate and Unsafe
Belatedly, the scientific community has woken up to the parlous state of regulation over the environmental release of genetically modified or transgenic insects.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

February 22, 2012

China drafts legal proposal to completely shut down GE rice
We're ecstatic to announce a new legal initiative in China that's set to keep GE away from the country's staple food. "This is actually a world-first initiative that deals with GE food legislation at state law level," said Fang Lifeng, the Food and Agriculture campaigner of Greenpeace. The State Council has released the draft proposal of a grain law that establishes legislation restricting research, field trials, production, sale, import and export of genetically engineered grain seeds. The draft stipulates that no organization or person can employ unauthorized GE technology in any major food product in China.
Read article on the Greenpeace East Asia website

February 20, 2012

France asks EU to suspend Monsanto GM corn approval
France asked the European Commission on Monday to suspend authorization to plant Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) MON810 corn, the environment ministry said, as the country seeks to keep a ban on GM crops despite losing court rulings. France banned in 2008 the growing of MON810 corn, the only GM crop approved for planting in the European Union, citing environmental risks.
Read news report at reuters.com

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Other Health-related News

February 27, 2012

Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids may cause memory problems
A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in the February 28, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
Comment: An optimal supply of omega-3 fatty acids is crucial for good mental and physical health. To read scientific studies documenting the health benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids, click here and here.

February 18, 2012

The nutrition puzzle
Why do so many people in poor countries eat so badlyand what can be done about it?
Governments around the world are paying increasing attention to nutrition. In 2010 donors, charities and companies drew up a how-to policy guide called SUN (which stands for scale up nutrition). Britain's Department for International Development and other aid agencies are devoting more of their money to nutritional projects. The World Bank has nailed its colours to the mast with a book called "Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development". Save the Children, an international charity, talks about "galvanising political leadership" behind the effort. Underlying all this is a change in thinking about how best to improve nutrition, with less stress on providing extra calories and food and more on improving nutrition by supplying micro-nutrients such as iron and vitamins.
Read article in The Economist (UK)
Comment: As this article points out, better nutrition can be a stunningly good investment. Vitamin supplements cost next to nothing and bring lifelong benefits. Notably therefore, in 2008, as part of a project called the Copenhagen Consensus, eight prize-winning economists listed the projects they thought would do most good (they had an imaginary $75 billion to spend). Half their proposed projects involved nutrition. To read the Copenhagen Consensus papers on hunger and nutrition, click here.

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Political News

February 21, 2012

Britain, Sweden and Netherlands refuse to sign off EU accounts
EU finance ministers on Tuesday (21 February) rubberstamped the bloc's accounts for 2010, but Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands opposed the move, noting that auditors found too many errors for the seventeenth year in a row.
Read article at euobserver.com

February 17, 2012

Breaking with fear in Greece
The real news in Greece is not about riots, but of a growing number of people who have broken away from fear and decided to fight back against the austerity imposed by the 'troika' of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

January 31, 2012

Irish Courts Will Ultimately Rule on EU Referendum Question
It is no wonder that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will do everything he can to avoid calling a public referendum on the new European Union new budget discipline treaty. Irish voters have shown in the past their relish in voting down treaties and establishment proposals they have been asked to endorse by referendum. When asked to approve EU treaties, the electorate has been particularly truculent rejecting both the Nice and Lisbon EU treaties, although later endorsing both in re-run votes.
Read blog entry by Eamon Quinn on the Wall Street Journal website (USA)

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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