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March 9, 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

March 6, 2012

Scientists pinpoint how vitamin D may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's
A team of academic researchers has identified the intracellular mechanisms regulated by vitamin D3 that may help the body clear the brain of amyloid beta, the main component of plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

March 5, 2012

Vitamin D intake may be associated with lower stress fracture risk in girls
Vitamin D may be associated with a lower risk of developing stress fractures in preadolescent and adolescent girls, especially among those very active in high-impact activities, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

March 5, 2012

Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging: Study
High intake of the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) could help protect the aging brain, according to research.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 2, 2012

Taking a daily vitamin pill could prevent skin cancer, scientists reveal
A daily vitamin pill could help prevent skin cancer - particularly among women, it has emerged. Scientists say taking food supplements containing vitamin A can make people less likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. A study found that retinol - a key component of Vitamin A - could protect against the illness.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

March 2, 2012

Taurine may provide heart health benefits: Study
Taurine could provide protection against heart disease in women with high cholesterol, according to the results of a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 1, 2012

Multivitamins may boost short-term memory, says meta-analysis
A daily multivitamin may improve immediate recall memory, according to a meta-analysis of 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 29, 2012

Forcing Pharma To Dispose Of Unused Meds
A county in California took a big step closer yesterday to becoming the first in the nation to require drugmakers to dispose of unused and expired pharmaceuticals that are contaminating drinking water and putting youngsters and seniors at risk. In a 4-to-0 vote, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved a plan that now requires a final vote next month, The Oakland Tribune writes.
Read article at pharmalot.com

February 9, 2012

Psychologists fear US manual will widen mental illness diagnosis
Hundreds of thousands of people will be labelled mentally ill because of behaviour most people would consider normal, if a new edition of what has been termed the psychiatrists' diagnostic bible goes ahead, experts are warning.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment:The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association and contains symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. It is widely used internationally for diagnosis and treatment of psychological ailments and is considered as the psychiatrists bible. Currently, the DSM is being updated for 2013 publication with significant changes and modifications defining the diagnoses. For example, according to suggested changes in the upcoming fifth edition, a shy child, a defiant teen, or a grieving relative would be considered a psychiatric patient for treatment. The DSM was first compiled in 1952 and contained 107 disorders. This number has increased to 365 disorders in the most recent revision in 2000. This represents more than a 200% increase. As such, either the number of mental disorders in the population is inexplicably and dramatically increasing, or the slightest deviation from the so-called normal is being diagnosed as a psychiatric disease. Without any doubt, the only beneficiary from these latest changes and modifications defining mental disorders is the pharmaceutical business with disease.

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GMO News

March 5, 2012

Rampant GMO Contamination Unchecked by Judge
A judge in New York sided with Monsanto and against organic farmers in the first case of its kind seeking to protect famers from being accused of patent infringement upon unintentional contamination by Monsanto's GMO seed.
Read article at prwatch.org

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Other Health-related News

March 6, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher mortality in female nursing home residents
The majority of institutionalized elderly female patients are vitamin D deficient and there is an inverse association of vitamin D deficiency and mortality, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).
Read article at medicalxpress.com

March 5, 2012

Largest ever vitamin A-infant mortality trials begin in India, Ghana, Tanzania
Tens of thousands of potentially malnourished infants are taking part in the largest ever study to determine the effectiveness of vitamin A supplementation in reducing infant and toddler mortality and morbidity.
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Political News

March 2, 2012

MEPs say EU accounts 'should not' be given discharge
Some MEPs have refused to approve the latest set of EU accounts because of 'continued waste, misspending and potential fraud'. The EU Court of Auditors' report on the EU's 2010 accounts found "material errors" worth some 4bn-plus, the 17th failed audit in a row.
Read article at theparliament.com

February 28, 2012

Ireland to hold referendum on EU fiscal treaty
Ireland will hold a referendum on the European Union's new fiscal treaty, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Tuesday, setting the stage for the first popular vote on the German-led plan for stricter budget discipline across the bloc. Support for the EU has cooled in Ireland after its financial crisis, meaning there is no guarantee a vote will succeed. Irish voters rejected the last two European referendums, most recently in 2008, before passing them once concessions were offered.
Read news report at reuters.com

February 28, 2012

Greek Lessons: Democracy versus Debt-Bondage
It is a truism to say that democracy began with the Greeks less so to say that it originated in popular rebellion against debt and debt-bondage. Yet, with the Greek people ensnared once more in the vice-grip of rich debt-holders, it may be useful to recall that fact. For the only hope today of reclaiming democracy in Greece (and elsewhere) resides in the prospect of a mass uprising against modern debt-bondage that extends the rule of the people into the economic sphere.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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