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March 15, 2013

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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

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New Study Touts Big Health Benefits of Resveratrol

March 12, 2013

Resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of red grapes as well as in pomegranates and Japanese knotweed, has been a popular dietary supplement for many years. It has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, possibly the potential to extend life, prevent several different cancers, protect the heart, ameliorate common diabetes symptoms, and control plaque in the brain and otherwise help with Alzheimer’s disease. And that isn’t even a complete list.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health website (USA)

Comment: To learn more about the health benefits of resveratrol and other specific plant components, visit the phytobiologicals.com website.

Fertilisers could help tackle nutritional deficiency in African country, researchers say

March 12, 2013

Enriching crops by adding a naturally-occurring soil mineral to fertilisers could potentially help to reduce disease and premature death in the African country of Malawi, researchers have said.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin D pills linked to better heart health for diabetics

March 6, 2013

Supplements of vitamin D may improve cardiovascular health for diabetics, says a new study with implications for recommended doses in diabetics.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Green Tea Extract Interferes With the Formation of Amyloid Plaques in Alzheimer's Disease

March 5, 2013

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a new potential benefit of a molecule in green tea: preventing the misfolding of specific proteins in the brain. The aggregation of these proteins, called metal-associated amyloids, is associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Multivitamins may enhance mood and energy, new study says

March 4, 2013

A daily multivitamin supplement may enhance mood and energy, according to new research conducted at Swinburne University of Technology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

High iron intake may help to protect against PMS: Study

March 1, 2013

Women who consume a diet rich in iron are up to 40% less likely to develop PMS than those who consume low amounts, say researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS

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'Chemical cosh' drugs given to the elderly triple the risk of stroke

March 13, 2013

Antipsychotic drugs given to the elderly could triple the risk of potentially fatal strokes, The Alzheimer’s Society claims. The charity also suggests that the medication could double the risk of death and leave patients unable to walk or talk.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Popular antibiotic Zithromax may cause heart rhythm problems, warns U.S. drug regulator

March 13, 2013

A popular antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections may cause a potentially fatal heart rhythm problem in some patients. Azithromycin, also known under its brand name Zithromax, is prescribed for infections of the ears, lungs, sinuses, skin, throat and reproductive organs.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Trial Deaths, But Little Compensation In India

March 12, 2013

As India attempts to craft new rules for governing clinical trials, another report focuses attention on an underlying problem plaguing both regulators and the pharmaceutical industry – the number of patient deaths attributed to trials and the contentious issue of compensation by drugmakers.
Read article at pharmalot.com

Anemia Drug Does Not Improve Health of Anemic Heart Failure Patients, Study Shows

March 10, 2013

Researchers from Cleveland Clinic and Sweden-based Sahlgrenska University Hospital have found that a commonly used drug to treat anemia in heart failure patients -darbepoetin alfa -- does not improve patients' health, nor does it reduce their risk of death from heart failure.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Internet Search Data Finds Unreported Side Effects

March 7, 2013

Here is a finding that will likely unnerve drugmakers. A team of researchers used search tools to review queries made by six million people over a 12-month period and were able to identify evidence of unreported side effects that were caused by interactions between drugs before they were detected by the FDA. Specifically, the researchers used automated software to identify searches for info on the Paxil antidepressant, the Pravachol cholesterol drug or both pills during 2010. And they found evidence that the combination of these drugs caused high blood sugar. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Read article at pharmalot.com

Report shows trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs turning up in water supply

March 6, 2013

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — A report that recently came out showed that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs are showing up in the water supply in Long Island, N.Y., according to Long Island News.
Read article at watertechonline.com (USA)

Comment: Evidence is growing worldwide that the pharmaceutical industry is polluting the environment and that drinking water supplies are now contaminated with measurable amounts of dangerous synthetic chemical drugs. A study published in 2009, for example, found that fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them. Testing has revealed that at least 46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, scientists in the UK have found cancer drugs in tap water and rising levels of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters which they fear could seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem and potentially damage the food-chain. The world’s highest drug levels in water are believed to occur in India, where 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients – at 150 times the highest levels detected in the U.S. – have been found.

Takeda Put Actos Sales Ahead of User Safety, Witness Says

March 6, 2013

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Asia’s biggest drugmaker, put sales of its Actos diabetes drug ahead of concerns about consumer safety, a witness testified in the first trial over claims the medicine caused cancer.
Read article at bloomberg.com

The Pharma Influence On Budding Medical Trainees

February 28, 2013

Despite various campaigns to strengthen conflict-of-interest policies at medical schools and academic medical centers, a new survey finds that medical students and residents continue to receive meals, various gifts and educational materials from pharmaceutical industry sales reps. As a result, the study authors say existing efforts are making a difference, but still do not go far enough.
Read article at pharmalot.com

Glaxo DMD Drug Tied to Serious Side Effects, Hospitalizations

February 25, 2013

Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients treated with GlaxoSmithKline's experimental drug drisapersen have been hospitalized due to kidney toxicity and low platelet counts, according to a Glaxo scientist who spoke at a research meeting in Rome last Sunday.
Read article at thestreet.com

Safety review for popular contraceptive pill

February 5, 2013

Australian health authorities are reviewing the safety of a popular contraceptive pill sold under the brand name Diane. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said it would monitor the safety of drug after the French medicines agency suspended its marketing authorisation.
Read news report at yahoo.com

GMO NEWS

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GMO and the Corporate Patenting of Living Organisms: Monsanto’s Patents on Life

March 1, 2013

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in a seed patent infringement case that pits a small farmer from Indiana, 75-year old Vernon Hugh Bowman, against biotech goliath Monsanto. Reporters from the New York Times to the Sacramento Bee dissected the legal arguments. They speculated on the odds. They opined on the impact a Monsanto loss might have, not only on genetically modified crops, but on medical research and software. What most of them didn’t report on is the absurdity – and the danger – of allowing companies to patent living organisms in the first place, and then use those patents to attempt to monopolize world seed and food production.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Farmers’ seed options drastically reduced in GMO-producing countries

February 28, 2013

Farmers in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, and South Africa find fewer non-GMO options as biotech companies monopolize seed markets with GMOs.
Read article at non-gmoreport.com

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS

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The Health Claims Regulation and Human Rights

March 13, 2013

In the European Union, the human right to share in the benefits of scientific advancement in the field of health and nutrition is seriously compromised by the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. Advancements made in nutritional science and the benefits produced by foods and foodstuffs may no longer be shared with consumers by those who procure the foods and foodstuffs. The EU legislature has determined that all scientific advancement as well as all the ensuing benefits must a priori be disqualified as misleading and therefore prohibited. The benefits may only be shared in when authorized and legalized by the legislator.
Read blog entry by Bert Schwitters at healthclaimscensored.com

Norway Food Safety Authority: Double vitamin D RDI in supplements

March 1, 2013

Vitamin D daily recommended intakes (RDI) should be doubled from 10 to 20 μg/day, for the entire population, the Norway Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has concluded.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Too much power in too few hands: Food giants take over the industry

February 24, 2013

Small producers face poverty as ever more commodities are controlled by a coterie of multinationals.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

83,000 toxic chemicals pose unknown threats

February 26, 2013

Some 83,000 synthetic chemicals circulate freely in water, soil, air, wildlife, food and manufactured goods, posing unknown threats to human and environmental health, scientists warn. The warning has been issued by one of most distinguished soil scientists, Ravi Naidu, professor at the University of South Australia and the CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE).
Read article at zeenews.india.com

POLITICAL NEWS

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.

Germany's anti-euro party is a nasty shock for Angela Merkel

March 10, 2013

Political revolt against the euro construct has spread to Germany. A new party led by economists, jurists, and Christian Democrat rebels will kick off this week, calling for the break-up of monetary union before it can do any more damage.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: With a poll already suggesting one in four Germans would be ready to vote in September's federal election for a party that wants to quit the euro, the Brussels EU can no longer deceive the people of Germany and Europe with slogans such as “If the euro collapses, Europe collapses with it”! The Brussels EU model for Europe is paved with the corpses of almost a hundred million victims of two world wars, slaughtered during former attempts by the Oil and Drug Cartel to gain dominion over Europe and the world. In this respect, the euro currency fulfils only one function: as chains enslaving millions of Europeans to the Cartel’s economic dictatorship. The eurozone countries therefore need to break the enslaving chains of the euro currency and re-introduce their own national currencies as a matter or priority. Each day longer that they allow themselves to go on being blackmailed by the Brussels EU becomes another obstacle on their road to independence, financial recovery and social peace.

Iraq War: major new questions for Tony Blair

March 9, 2013

Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, Tony Blair and his government have come under withering attack from a senior former diplomat and British military chiefs for their handling of the war that defined his decade in power.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Popes and demons: Mysterious Vatican bank poses problem for new pontiff

March 8, 2013

As the world waits for the Vatican’s conclave to select a new pope to lead 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, and the church’s sex abuse scandals dominate discourse on the incoming pontiff’s priorities, another decidedly worldly issue is also poised to take an immediate toll on the new Holy Father: money. The public and private woes of the Vatican bank, long shrouded in secrets and whispers, might well prove to be just as challenging, if not as draining, as the lurid, faith-shaking damage of the clergy abuse scandal.
Read article on the National Post website (Canada)

Berlusconi gets jail sentence in wiretap trial

March 7, 2013

An Italian court sentenced ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday to one year in jail over the publication by his family's newspaper of a transcript of a leaked wiretap connected to a banking scandal in 2006. Under Italian law, the 76-year-old media billionaire would not have to serve any jail time until the appeals process has been exhausted, and a higher court could overturn the ruling. However, judicial sources said the charges will expire in mid-September, before an appeal trial can be completed, because of the statute of limitations. So no matter what happens in the appeal, it is unlikely that Berlusconi would serve time in jail.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: Condemned by a Milan court in 2012 as a man with a "natural capacity for crime", over the years Berlusconi has been involved in more than a dozen different criminal trials, appeals and other investigations and faced accusations of fraud, bribery, illegal political financing, false accounting and Mafia connections.

George W. Bush to be Held Accountable for War Crimes
Protests Planned at George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication in April 2013

March 5, 2013

When the George W. Bush Library and Policy Institute is dedicated on April 25, 2013, at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, protestors will be there to demand the ex-president be held accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and violations of U.S. and international law.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Double standards – The UN condemns Baby Doc, but exonerates itself

March 2, 2013

Most scientists who have studied the matter have concluded that UN peacekeepers unwittingly brought cholera to Haiti in 2010. Grossly inadequate sanitation practices at a peacekeeping base, including the spillover of faecal waste, led to the contamination of a nearby stream. That stream fed the Artibonite river, one of the country’s largest, which Haitians used for bathing, washing and drinking. Cholera has so far killed 8,205 Haitians. If a company dumped lethal waste into a river in the United States, it would be sued for negligence. But there is no legal mechanism for redress against the UN.
Read article at haitian-truth.org

Greece and Spain helped postwar Germany recover. Spot the difference

February 27, 2013

Sixty years ago, half of German war debts were cancelled to build its economy. Yet today, debt is destroying those creditors.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

 

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