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April 06, 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

April 4, 2012

Sunshine vitamin supplements could boost critically ill survival rates
Vitamin D supplementation could help to boost survival rates of critically ill patients in hospital intensive care units, suggest researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 29, 2012

Omega-3s may improve health of blood vessels: Meta-analysis
Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve the function of blood vessels and support vascular health, says a new meta-analysis of 16 studies.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 28, 2012

Thyme may be better for acne than prescription creams
Herbal preparations of thyme could be more effective at treating skin acne than prescription creams, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 2, 2012

Routine mammograms may result in significant overdiagnosis of invasive breast cancer
New Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research suggests that routine mammography screeninglong viewed as an essential tool in detecting early breast cancersmay in fact lead to a significant amount of overdiagnosis of disease that would otherwise have proved harmless. Based on a study of women in Norway, the researchers estimate that between 15% and 25% of breast cancer cases are overdiagnosed.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Ultimately, the key beneficiary from the overdiagnosing of breast cancer is the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’, which has a vested financial interest in as many patients as possible being treated with its patented chemotherapy drugs. Notably therefore, whilst the early detection of health problems is very important in curtailing the progress of, or eliminating, disease at its onset, in recent years, many doctors – and especially radiologists – have become concerned with the overuse of diagnostic techniques such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans. To learn how to use diagnostic technologies wisely and for the benefit of your health, click here.

April 2, 2012

Osteoporosis drugs increase risk of eye disease, says Canadian study
New Canadian research shows that osteoporosis drugs can increase the risk of serious eye disease.
Read article in the Toronto Star (Canada)

March 30, 2012

States Battle Over Immunity For Drugmakers
Once again, the North Carolina legislature is contemplating a bill that would protect drugmakers and those selling medications from liability in lawsuits. The legislation would make it harder for North Carolina consumers to recover damages from harm allegedly suffered by a prescription drug than citizens in any other state in the US, except Michigan.
Read article at pharmalot.com

March 28, 2012

Big Pharma spends over €40 million per year lobbying in the EU, dwarfing public health NGOs
New research reveals that the pharmaceutical industry lobby is spending more than €40 million annually to influence decision making in the European Union (EU) – of which nearly half is spent by drug manufacturers on in-house lobbyists.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Comment: As registration to the Brussels EU’s so-called “Transparency Register” is voluntary, the construct’s drug companies are able to avoid declaring their full lobbying expenditures. Notably, therefore, the report suggests that, if recorded properly, expenditure on lobbying by the Pharma Cartel could be shown to be as high as €91 million annually, which would be comparable with the amount it declares on lobbying in the United States.

March 28, 2012

Judge bars import of drug used in death penalty
A judge on Tuesday barred authorities from importing an anesthesia drug used in carrying out death sentences because the Food and Drug Administration never approved the drug for use in the United States, and he ordered supplies be confiscated. A group of death row inmates had sued the FDA last year over improperly allowing shipments into the country of sodium thiopental, a sedative used as the first of three drugs administered in carrying out executions.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: A particularly notable aspect of this lawsuit relates to the fact that, in seeking to have the case dismissed, the FDA deliberately departed from its longstanding practice of not allowing unapproved drugs into the United States. As such, whilst the banner on the FDA’s website disingenuously claims that the agency is “Protecting and Promoting” the health of American citizens, the reality would appear to be very different. Through exhibiting what the judge described as a “callous indifference to the health consequences of those imminently facing the executioner's needle,” the FDA is knowingly perpetuating the drug industry’s already long history of supplying chemicals for killing prisoners. With the industry already having been proven to have supplied the substances that killed tens of thousands of prisoners at the Auschwitz WWII concentration camp, it is high time that not only the companies profiting from selling chemicals for use in executions, but also their stakeholders in government agencies, are publicly exposed.

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GMO News

April 4, 2012

Opposition to biotech giant Monsanto growing worldwide, new report shows
Today, the day that biotech giant Monsanto releases its second quarter earnings, a new report by civil society organisations shows that around the world small-holder and organic farmers, local communities and social movements are increasingly resisting and rejecting Monsanto, and the agro-industrial model that it represents. The new report, jointly produced by La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International and Combat Monsanto - available in English, French and Spanish - provides snapshots of frontline struggles against Monsanto and other agrochemical corporations pushing genetically modified (GM) crops onto farmers and into the environment.
Read press release on the Friends of the Earth International website

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Other Health-related News

April 2, 2012

40 Women With Breast Cancer Had This "Cosmetic Ingredient" in Their Tissues
New research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampled. The study examined 40 women who were being treated for primary breast cancer. In 60 percent of cases, five of the different esters were present.
Read article at foodconsumer.org

March 30, 2012

Pesticides harming bee populations, researchers suggest
A common type of crop pesticide could be responsible for wiping out bee colonies by killing their homing instinct and limiting their ability to gather food, scientists claim.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

March 30, 2012

The link between fast food and depression confirmed
According to a recent study headed by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, eating commercial baked goods (fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc.) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza) is linked to depression.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Previous studies suggest that certain micronutrients may prevent depression. These include B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin D and cod liver oil. Eating a healthy diet such as that enjoyed in the Mediterranean has also been linked to a lower risk of developing the condition.

March 29, 2012

97% of dietitians recommend supplements: CRN survey
Dietitians are regularly using dietary supplements and almost all of them have recommended supplements to their clients at some time, says a new survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Political News

April 4, 2012

As unemployment soars, child labour returns to Europe
The latest figures released by the official European Union statistics agency Eurostat reveal that unemployment across the euro zone rose for the 10th consecutive month and topped 17 million, or 10.8 per cent of the workforce, in February. The official jobless rate is the highest since the introduction of the euro 15 years ago and represents an increase of 1.5 million unemployed compared to one year ago.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

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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