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May 3, 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.


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Vitamins may ease diabetes symptoms, study finds

April 29, 2013

Vitamin therapy is a promising avenue to improving symptoms of pain, tingling and numbness in hands and feet typical of diabetic neuropathy, a study by Tulane University researchers concluded.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

More vitamin D may mean faster recovery from muscle injury

April 29, 2013

Increased blood levels of vitamin D may increase the rate of muscle recovery after intensive exercise, says a new study from Utah-based scientists.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Researchers confirm pine bark extract could reduce cataract risk

April 25, 2013

A winter after discovering Canada for France, Jacques Cartier's exploration crew started suffering and dying from the dreadful scurvy disease in 1535. But thanks to an Iroquoian healer, they were miraculously cured by a tea made from pine bark.  Nearly 500 years later, a research team from Western has found that an over-the-counter pill boasting the same antioxidants may reduce risk of cataracts – the clouding of the normally clear lens of an eye – when delivered through the correct method.
Read article at medicalxpress.com


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Jury awards plaintiff $6.5 mln in first Takeda Actos trial

April 30, 2013

A California jury has awarded $6.5 million to a man who accused the Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutics of failing to provide an adequate warning that its diabetes drug Actos could cause bladder cancer. The case in Los Angeles Superior Court is one of over 3,000 lawsuits pending in courts across the country over the medication and was the first to go to trial and reach a verdict.
Read article at thomsonreuters.com

Epilepsy Drug Used During Pregnancy Increases Baby’s Autism Risk

April 24, 2013

Children born to mothers who took the anti-seizure drug valproate were five times more likely to be born with autism than those whose mothers didn’t take the medication, a Danish study found. The epilepsy drug was also tied to a three-fold increase of autism spectrum disorder, which includes Asperger syndrome and other developmental disorders, according to research published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Read article at businessweek.com

Ingredient in Biogen's Tecfidera MS Drug Linked to Brain Infection

April 24, 2013

A major medical journal published two case reports detailing incidences of a rare brain infection in patients taking a therapy that included the active ingredient found in Biogen Idec Inc.'s multiple sclerosis drug, Tecfidera.
Read article at foxbusiness.com (USA)


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New GM Nightmares with RNA

April 29, 2013

Small double-stranded RNA (dsRNAs) that aim to interfere with specific gene expression are increasingly used to create GM crops; unfortunately they have many off-target effects and can also interfere with gene expression in all animals exposed to the crops.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

U.S. GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back

April 25, 2013

New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.
Read news report at reuters.com


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Proposed EU regulation concerning seed varieties

April 30, 2013

The Soil Association believes the proposed new EU regulation on the marketing of plant reproductive material will put the future of our plant biodiversity at risk. It will have a disastrous effect on the availability of rare varieties and farmers’ varieties, and stop the exchange and selling of traditional seeds. This will not only affect farmers and growers in the short term by outlawing exchange of seed not currently commercially available, but in the long term will erode the diversity of species that even the large seed companies, who are driving the proposal, need to provide their future varieties.
Read article on the Soil Association website (UK)

Comment: To learn more about this important issue, watch this short video of Dr. Vandana Shiva, PhD, in which she discusses saving seeds and explains why the open source approach is the right way for mankind to protect traditional knowledge and plant diversity.

Mild Iodine Deficiency in Womb Associated With Lower Scores On Children's Literacy Tests

April 30, 2013

Children who did not receive enough iodine in the womb performed worse on literacy tests as 9-year-olds than their peers, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Low vitamin D levels a risk factor for pneumonia

April 30, 2013

A University of Eastern Finland study showed that low serum vitamin D levels are a risk factor for pneumonia. The risk of contracting pneumonia was more than 2.5 times greater in subjects with the lowest vitamin D levels than in subjects with high vitamin D levels. The results were published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

EU pesticides ban "too little, too slow"

April 29, 2013

Fifteen European Union countries have voted for a restriction on the use of three pesticides which are thought to be harmful to bees. VoR spoke to Martin Dermine, the Honeybee project coordinator at the NGO Pesticide Action Network Europe, who said that whilst the partial ban is a positive step, it won't go far enough to save bee populations.
Read article on the Voice of Russia website

Comment: Whilst the proposed restriction on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Europe is certainly a step in the right direction, to describe it as an “historic” or “landmark” victory, as some sources have been doing, ignores some pertinent facts. Firstly, the use of the three neonicotinoids concerned, Clothianidin, Thiametoxam and Imidacloprid, will not be banned outright. Instead, they will merely be restricted for a period of two years – with some uses of them still allowed. Moreover, not all neonicotinoid pesticides will even be affected by the restrictions; the ones still authorized will essentially be those that are applied in higher doses. It is also notable that, far from being an immediate ban, the proposal will not come into force until the beginning of December. For the time being, therefore, with neonicotinoid producers such as Bayer having lobbied furiously and still actively arguing publicly against the restrictions, engaging in outright victory celebrations seems somewhat premature.

Fukushima’s Catastrophic Aftermath: The Dangers of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

April 28, 2013

In her book titled “No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth,” nuclear power/environmental health expert Rosalie Bertell (1929 – 2012) said: “Should the public discover the true health cost(s) of nuclear pollution, a cry would rise from all parts of the world and people would refuse to cooperate passively with their own death.”
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Diabetes warning over soft drinks

April 25, 2013

Drinking one or more cans of sugary soft drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of diabetes in later life, a study suggests.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers: study

April 25, 2013

Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

Could the WTO overturn EU health claim laws?

April 22, 2013

Aggrieved companies and  trade groups have already mounted legal actions against the EU’s strict health claim laws – they are in process – but the regulation’s workings could face fresh challenge from governments signed up to the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to a Brussels-based legal expert.
Read article at nutraingredients.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.

Privatizing Detroit: Residents Evicted and Displaced by Corporate Interests

April 30, 2013

A new push is being made by corporations and banks in Detroit to drive even more working class, poor and nationally oppressed people out of the city. This fact is being illustrated by recent developments in the downtown area and its environs where low-income people are being forced to move from several apartment buildings.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

The European dream is in dire need of a reality check

April 25, 2013

The EU has lost the support of two thirds of its citizens, yet its leaders won't wake up. It's time for a sceptics' vision of Europe.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

Crisis for Europe as trust hits record low
Poll in European Union's six biggest countries finds Euroscepticism is soaring amid bailouts and spending cuts

April 24, 2013

Public confidence in the European Union has fallen to historically low levels in the six biggest EU countries, raising fundamental questions about its democratic legitimacy more than three years into the union's worst ever crisis, new data shows.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

Comment: With its credibility now at an all-time low, it is clear that no politician or party that continues to support the Brussels EU – an undemocratic construct built by ex-Nazis – can survive politically. As such, if the ‘European Idea’ is to survive in the 21st century, the ‘Brussels EU’ construct must be dismantled and replaced with a democratic structure – by the people and for the people. If you live in Europe, please add your name in support of the constitution for a “Europe for the People, by the People”. Proposed by survivors of Auschwitz, the focus of this unique document is the protection of the health and lives of European citizens from corporate interests whose multi-billion dollar profits derive from turning the human body into a marketplace. To learn more, click here.


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