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July 19, 2013

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Vitamins and Minerals Can Boost Energy and Enhance Mood

July 16, 2013

Vitamin and mineral supplements can enhance mental energy and well-being not only for healthy adults but for those prone to anxiety and depression, according to a July 15 panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo held at McCormick Place.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Can supplementing vitamin D reduce infections in patients from neurosurgical ICU?

July 15, 2013

Vitamin D influences many other physiological processes, including muscle function, cardiovascular homeostasis, nerve function, and immune response. Furthermore, accumulated evidence suggests that vitamin D also mediates the immune system response to infection. Infections are very common in patients from neurosurgical intensive care unit.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Later cord clamping after birth increases iron levels in babies

July 10, 2013

Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors found babies' blood and iron levels were healthier when the cord was clamped later.
Read article at medicalxpress.com


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Danish Doc Charged With Fraud For Payments From Drugmakers

July 15, 2013

Now, let us turn our attention from the bribery scandal in China involving GlaxoSmithKline to Norway, where a cardiologist affiliated with a major hospital has been charged with fraud after buying furniture and going on fishing trips with money from Merck and Pfizer, which made payments for clinical trial work that was supposed to have been sent directly into hospital accounts, Jyllands-Posten reports.
Read article at pharmalive.com

Data in Novartis drug study manipulated
Kyoto university sounds alarm on researcher's claims about hit blood pressure medicine Diovan

July 12, 2013

The data used in a clinical study on Novartis Pharma K.K.’s blockbuster blood pressure drug Diovan were manipulated, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine has revealed.
Read article on The Japan Times website

China says GSK executives have confessed to bribing doctors
UK drugs maker GlaxoSmithKline under fire after executives in China confess to 'serious economic crimes' to boost revenue

July 11, 2013

Executives working for the UK drug maker GlaxoSmithKline in China have confessed to "serious" corruption and tax-related offences, China's security ministry said on Thursday, amid a wide-ranging series of investigations into foreign firms operating in the country.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

Comment: Glaxo stands accused of dispensing some 3 billion yuan (£323m) in bribes in China since 2007, with police saying they have uncovered more than 700 middlemen through which the company allegedly funneled money to health officials and doctors in order to prescribe its drugs. Seemingly, therefore, despite the record $3 billion in fines Glaxo paid in the US last year for criminal behavior, its global business model would appear to have remained unaltered.

A Bayer Drug, The EMA And Transparency... Or The Lack Thereof

July 11, 2013

In yet another instance in which transparency involving pharmaceuticals has been questioned, the head of the Swedish organization that assesses health care products has criticized the European Medicines Agency for its closed-mouth approach to allowing physicians to resume use of a controversial Bayer drug that had been suspended several years ago. In a letter published in The Lancet, Mans Rosen complains the EMA refused to make available the scientific information that was the basis for its recommendation last year to lift a suspension for Trasylol, which is used to control bleeding during heart surgery.
Read article at pharmalive.com

Acid reflux drugs may lead to heart disease, says Houston study

July 10, 2013

Drugs that millions of people take for acid reflux may contribute to heart disease, according to a Houston study, the latest to raise concerns about possible harmful effects from long-term use of the common treatment.
Read article on the Houston Chronicle website (USA)

BAYER: Company History Whitewashed

March 21, 2013

BAYER is staging costly celebrations to mark its 150th birthday, yet the company´s numerous crimes are not mentioned at all in the commemorative publications. Instead of acknowledging responsibility for forced labor, poison gas and fatal pharmaceutical products, the company's history is wholly ignored.
Read press release at cbgnetwork.org (Germany)

Comment: World War II – a war that cost the lives of more than 60 million people – was planned and financed by IG Farben, the world’s largest chemical/pharmaceutical cartel at that time. Consisting of Bayer, BASF, Hoechst and other companies, IG Farben companies financed the rise to power of the Nazi party and the transformation of German democracy into a dictatorship. After WWII, the corporate executives of Bayer and IG Farben were tried at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal and found guilty of plunder, exploitation, slavery and mass murder. In particular, it was found that criminal medical experiments had been conducted by Bayer and IG Farben on the enslaved inmates of Auschwitz and other concentration camps in order to test the effects of deadly gases and vaccines. Drugs forcibly given to the inmates were used to develop the first generation of chemotherapy drugs. Some of the most heinous crimes were conducted by Fritz ter Meer, a director of Farben who had been responsible for the construction and operation of IG Auschwitz, a 100% subsidiary of IG Farben that was the largest industrial complex in the world at that time. Concentration camp prisoners who were too weak or too sick to work were selected at the main gate of the IG Auschwitz factory and sent to the gas chambers. Even the chemical gas Zyklon B used for the annihilation of millions of people was derived from the drawing boards and factories of IG Farben. Nevertheless, despite ter Meer's appalling crimes, he was released from prison after serving only two years. Then, in 1956, fully aware that he was a convicted war criminal, Bayer appointed him as chairman of its supervisory board, a post he went on to hold for 8 years. Subsequently, after ter Meer’s death in 1967, the company reportedly continued to lay wreaths on his grave until at least 2006. To learn more about the hidden history of Bayer and IG Farben, visit the Profit Over Life website.


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US Military, Monsanto Targeting GMO Activists and Independent Scientists, New Investigation Alleges

July 14, 2013

A highly concerning new investigative report from the largest daily newspaper in Germany alleges that Monsanto, the US Military and the US government have colluded to track and disrupt both anti-GMO activists and independent scientists who study the adverse effects of genetically modified food.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Italy moves to ban growing of genetically modified maize type

July 12, 2013

Three Italian ministries have signed a decree banning the cultivation of a type of genetically modified maize, citing environmental concerns, the agriculture ministry said on Friday. The decree, which still needs to be published in the official gazette to become binding, targets Monsanto's MON810 maize, one of two genetically modified organisms (GMO) allowed in Europe and the only one currently grown commercially.
Read news report at reuters.com


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Badly Flawed Study of Fish Oils Leaps to Wildly Unsupported Conclusions about Cancer

July 16, 2013

The study’s authors showed similar biases in previous papers—yet the media keep stoking the flames without doing any serious analysis.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

Brave Benin
How one small African country made a brave stand at Codex

July 15, 2013

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) celebrated its 50th year of existence the first week of July while also conducting its 36th session, with several hundreds of member-state delegates and non-governmental organizations in attendance.  Chairman Sanjay Dave was re-elected as CAC Chairman and presided over the meeting in a fair and business-like manner. But fair and business-like did not compensate for the Commission’s gross nutritional ignorance that resulted in certain Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) being approved for vitamins and minerals over the repeated and strong objections of the National Health Federation (NHF), a Codex-accredited non-governmental organization.
Read article on the National Health Federation website (USA)

Study links vitamin D deficiency to accelerated aging of bones

July 10, 2013

Everyone knows that as we grow older our bones become more fragile. Now a team of U.S. and German scientists led by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley has shown that this bone-aging process can be significantly accelerated through deficiency of vitamin D - the sunshine vitamin.
Read article at medicalxpress.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.

Communications surveillance in Australia

July 15, 2013

Hot on the heels of data analyst whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations about the existence of the PRISM electronic surveillance program operated by the United States' National Security Agency since 2007, we've heard some more about communications surveillance – this time with an Australian connection. The latest story – first reported on Friday by Crikey – suggests Telstra, via a jointly-owned subsidiary called Reach, signed up to an agreement in November 2001 with the FBI and US Department of Justice to participate in surveillance of communications via optic fibre links into and out of the USA.
Read article at phys.org

Fracking could lead to an 'earthquake domino effect' as it weakens fault lines deep in the earth's crust, scientists claim

July 12, 2013

Fracking could cause powerful earthquakes capable of destroying buildings as the process of extracting gas weakens fault lines deep underground, scientists have claimed. American geologists said that a domino effect of quakes could be caused by intense pressure on fault lines created by hydraulic fracturing, combined with seismic activity thousands of miles away.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Outrage over South Africa president Jacob Zuma's $30 million retirement home renovation bill

June 22, 2013

Outrage is growing in South Africa over the $30 million renovation bill for president Jacob Zuma's private retirement home, known as Zumaville. Renovations for the multi-resident estate, complete with football fields, a theatre and an underground bunker, dwarf all public spending for previous presidents' homes.
Read article at abc.net.au (Australia)

Comment: With Zuma already having been grilled in the South African parliament recently about his close relationship with Indian business tycoons and their direct contact with members of his cabinet, and latest reports suggesting he could face an investigation into whether he lied to parliament about the upgrade to his Nkandla home, the ongoing outrage against his presidency and the giant scandal surrounding it shows no sign of diminishing.


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