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June 28, 2013

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NATURAL HEALTH NEWS

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Vitamin D Improves Mood and Blood Pressure in Women With Diabetes

June 25, 2013

In women who have type 2 diabetes and show signs of depression, vitamin D supplements significantly lowered blood pressure and improved their moods, according to a pilot study at Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Poor eyesight can be rectified through nutrition, say leading eye experts

June 24, 2013

Blindness in the developed world is most commonly caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Over 15 million Europeans are affected by this condition, a figure that is expected to double over the next decade. But the latest research has proven that certain nutrients can prevent this from happening, dispelling the idea that as we age, our eyesight subsequently deteriorates.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Less Than 1 Tsp Ginger and Cinnamon Daily Relieves Muscle Soreness In Athletes

June 22, 2013

Many well-intentioned workout resolutions have been thwarted by the first signs of sore, stiff muscles in the days following a visit to the gym.  A new study finds that two common kitchen spices help relieve that post-workout muscle pain.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Daily Iron During Pregnancy Linked to Improved Birth Weight

June 20, 2013

Taking iron daily during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in birth weight and a reduction in risk of low birth weight, finds a new study.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS

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Nearly 70% of Americans "taking at least one Rx drug"

June 25, 2013

Almost 70% of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug, more than half take two, and 20% are on five or more, according to new research.
Read article at pharmatimes.com

Comment: These statistics provide a shocking illustration of the extent to which decades of promoting and expanding diseases has dramatically increased the market of the pharmaceutical investment industry in the United States. Unbeknown to millions of patients worldwide, the pharmaceutical “business with disease” is the largest deception and fraud business in human history. With the eradication of diseases by its very nature being incompatible with, and diametrically opposed to, the interests of the Pharma Cartel, the patented synthetic chemicals produced by drug companies frequently cause side effects and further diseases – thus resulting in patients being prescribed additional drugs to “treat” them. This problem, known as ‘polypharmacy,’ is particularly common in elderly patients.

Antidepressants 'could be risk to unborn babies'

June 24, 2013

The risk posed by some popular antidepressants in early pregnancy is not worth taking for women with mild to moderate depression, an expert has warned. Professor Stephen Pilling says evidence suggests SSRIs can double the risk of a child being born with a heart defect. The drugs have been used by up to one in six women of child-bearing age.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Supreme Court justices block generic drug liability lawsuits

June 24, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that generic drugmakers cannot be sued under state law for adverse reactions to their products, a decision that consumer advocates called a blow to patient safety.
Read news report at reuters.com

Profiting From Pain

June 22, 2013

Narcotic painkillers are now the most widely prescribed class of medications in the United States, and prescriptions for the strongest opioids, including OxyContin, have increased nearly fourfold over the past decade. There is increasing evidence, however, that such drugs, along with being widely abused, are often ineffective in treating long-term pain and can have serious consequences, particularly when used in high doses.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Pfizer settles with patients who had suicidal behaviour

June 19, 2013

Drug maker Pfizer will pay $4.8 million in compensation to Canadians who tried to commit suicide after being prescribed a drug to treat seizures.
Read article in the Toronto Sun (Canada)

GMO NEWS

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Italian farm minister pushes for GM crop ban

June 25, 2013

Italian agriculture minister Nunzia De Girolamo said this week that she will seek a ban on genetically modified crops in Italy. The farming minister said she had the backing of the country's health and environment ministers. 
Read article on the Farming Online website (UK)

Biotechnology, Genetically Modified Crops and the Destruction of the Local Economy

June 22, 2013

Will the biotech companies ever give up on trying to sell Europe their genetically modified crops?  Their latest PR man is the UK’s Minister for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Owen Paterson.  His website (very bland and uninformative apart from his list of engagements) says he is “a passionate supporter of localism, free enterprise and less interference in people’s lives”.  But he also loudly supports Monsanto et al, and wants all of Europe to grow and eat GM foods.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS

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Hopkins-led study finds long-banned chemicals found in pregnant mothers' blood

June 25, 2013

As a reminder of just how persistent some toxic chemicals can be, a Johns Hopkins-led research team reports finding traces of long-banned DDT and PCBs along with other contaminants in the blood of 50 pregnant women checked from Baltimore and its suburbs. In a study posted online by the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, the scientists say they detected more frequent and vigorous fetal movements in the wombs of mothers with higher levels of contaminants.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Findings Emphasize Importance of Vitamin D in Pregnancy

June 22, 2013

Pregnant women pass low levels of vitamin D on to their babies at almost three times the extent previously thought, according to new research carried out at London's Kingston University.
Read article sciencedaily.com

Palm oil companies behind Singapore smog, Greenpeace says

June 22, 2013

Forest fires in Indonesia, which have cloaked Singapore in record-breaking smog, are raging on palm oil plantations owned by Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean companies, environmental group Greenpeace said Saturday. Singapore's worst environmental crisis in more than a decade has seen the acrid smoke creep into people's flats and shroud residential blocks as well as downtown skyscrapers, and the island's prime minister has warned it could last weeks.
Read article at phys.org

Does your salad know what time it is?
Managing vegetables’ ‘internal clocks’ postharvest could have health benefits

June 20, 2013

Does your salad know what time it is? It may be healthier for you if it does, according to new research from Rice University and the University of California at Davis. “Vegetables and fruits don’t die the moment they are harvested,” said Rice biologist Janet Braam, the lead researcher on a new study this week in Current Biology. “They respond to their environment for days, and we found we could use light to coax them to make more cancer-fighting antioxidants at certain times of day.” Braam is professor and chair of Rice’s Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
Read news release on the Rice University News & Media website (USA)

Total amount of exercise important, not frequency, research shows

June 20, 2013

A new study by Queen's University researchers has determined that adults who accumulated 150 minutes of exercise on a few days of the week were not any less healthy than adults who exercised more frequently throughout the week.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin K deficiency could contribute towards osteoporosis

June 9, 2013

Vitamin K is needed to make a bone protein called osteocalcin fully functional. A study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing reveals what may happen if a woman’s diet is deficient in vitamin K.
Read article at newsfix.ca

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.

Silvio Berlusconi guilty, but still not finished

June 24, 2013

Well that, surely, is the end for Silvio Berlusconi, no? Sentenced to 7 years in jail (on top of the four years he’s already received for tax fraud), banned for life from holding public office, assets seized, convicted on all counts of paying for underage sex. How much worse can it get? But remember, this is Italy. Things aren’t always what they seem in the Italian justice system.
Read article at itv.com (UK)

Netherlands attacks 'creeping' EU powers

June 22, 2013

BRUSSELS - The Netherlands, one of the Union's six founding countries, has attacked "creeping" EU interference in people's day-to-day lives. Its coalition government said in a memo published on Friday (21 June): "The Netherlands is convinced that the time of an 'ever closer union' in every possible policy area is behind us."
Read article at euobserver.com

The other hacking scandal: Suppressed report reveals that law firms, telecoms giants and insurance companies routinely hire criminals to steal rivals' information

June 22, 2013

Some of Britain’s most respected industries routinely employ criminals to hack, blag and steal personal information on business rivals and members of the public, according to a secret report leaked to The Independent.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Historical Roots of the Social Crisis in Brazil. The Role of the IMF

June 21, 2013

More than a million people across Brazil have joined one of the largest protest movements in the country’s history. Ironically, the social uprising is directed against the economic policies of a self-proclaimed “socialist” alternative to neoliberalism led by the Worker’s Party government of president Dilma Rousseff. The IMF’s “strong economic medicine” including austerity measures, the privatization of social programs have been implemented under the “progressive” and “populist” banner of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), in consultation with Brazil’s powerful economic elites and in close liaison with the World Bank, the IMF and Wall Street. While the PT government presents itself as “an alternative” to neoliberalism, committed to poverty alleviation and the redistribution of wealth, its monetary and fiscal policy is in the hands of its Wall Street creditors.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Italy court rejects bid to block Berlusconi fraud verdict

June 19, 2013

Italy's constitutional court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Silvio Berlusconi to block a tax fraud conviction linked to his Mediaset television empire, clearing the way for a final verdict and deepening uncertainty facing Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Read news report at reuters.com

The National Security Industrial Complex and NSA Spying: The Revolving Doors Between State Agencies and Private Contractors

June 18, 2013

When Edward Snowden, an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton – a military contractor based in McLean, Virginia – blew the whistle on the extent of U.S. global electronic surveillance, he unexpectedly shone a light on the world of contractors that consume some 70 percent of the $52 billion U.S. intelligence budget. Some commentators have pounced on Snowden’s disclosures to denounce the role of private contractors in the world of government and national security, arguing that such work is best left to public servants. But their criticism misses the point. It is no longer possible to determine the difference between employees of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the employees of companies such as Booz Allen, who have integrated to the extent that they slip from one role in industry to another in government, cross-promoting each other and self-dealing in ways that make the fabled revolving door redundant, if not completely disorienting.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

 

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