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July 26, 2013

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Omega-3 levels linked to cognition and behavior in schoolchildren: Oxford University study

July 19, 2013

Blood levels of DHA and other omega-3s are directly related to measures of cognition and behavior in schoolchildren with below average reading ability, says a new study from the UK.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Groundbreaking Study Finds Turmeric Extract Superior to Prozac for Depression

July 19, 2013

A new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical trial that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Vitamin D key to keeping fit as we get older

July 18, 2013

A simple daily dose of the “sunshine vitamin” could be the key to keeping fit and active in old age.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)


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AstraZeneca executive detained after Chinese police raid Shanghai HQ

July 23, 2013

Police are investigating AstraZeneca’s work in China and have detained one of the drug maker’s executives, just a week after its rival GlaxoSmithKline first faced allegations of a multimillion-pound bribery scandal.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Drug Research in China Falls Under a Cloud

July 22, 2013

Executives at the British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline were warned nearly two years ago about critical problems with the way the company conducted research at its drug development center in China, exposing it to potential financial risk and regulatory action, an internal audit found. The confidential document from November 2011, obtained by The New York Times, suggests that Glaxo’s problems may go beyond the sales practices that are currently at the center of a bribery and corruption scandal in China. They may extend to its Shanghai research and development center, which develops neurology drugs for Glaxo.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Pharma Enlists Patients To Prevent The Release Of Clinical Trial Data

July 22, 2013

The pharmaceutical industry is quietly working on a concerted, behind-the-scenes effort to prevent the release of clinical trial data, a flashpoint of controversy in recent years over allegations that negative information is being withheld. Trade groups in the US and Europe have so far enlisted patient advocacy groups to discourage regulators from allowing the data to become public, The Guardian reports.
Read article at pharmalive.com

Statins risk for women: Taking cholesterol-lowering drug for more than ten years 'doubles chances of the most common breast cancer'

July 19, 2013

Women who take statins for more than a decade face double the risk of contracting the most common type of breast cancer.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

China Pledges Drug Sector Crackdown Amid Glaxo Bribes Probe

July 17, 2013

China’s food and drugs regulator pledged to crack down on illegal activities in the nation’s pharmaceutical industry after a GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) executive described on national television how he used bribes to boost the company’s sales.
Read article at bloomberg.com

Our medical schools must not become shills for big pharma

July 12, 2013

Most Canadians might be surprised to learn that medical students in Canada are routinely taught by faculty who have financial ties, and work in partnership, with drug companies.
Read article on The Globe and Mail website (Canada)

New oral anticoagulants may increase GI bleeding risk

July 2, 2013

Recipients of new oral anticoagulants, including dabigatran and rivaroxaban, may be more likely to experience gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a recent study.
Read article at healio.com (USA)


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UK Citizens Continue to Reject GMO food and Even Farmers Don't Want to Eat it

July 19, 2013

Another survey has shown that only 21% of the UK public support genetically engineered food. Despite a massive pro-GM push by government, researchers and the media this latest poll carried out in June - confirms that UK citizens continue to reject the technology. Meanwhile another survey has revealed that far from clamouring to use GMOs as the government claims, less than half of UK farmers believe GM technology is a good innovation, and hardly any of them want to eat GM food.
Read article at gmeducation.org (UK)

Monsanto drops GM crop plan in EU

July 18, 2013

Biotechnology giant Monsanto is scrapping plans to win approval to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: Anyone living in Europe who concludes from this that the fight against Monsanto has now been won on their continent should be aware that the company says it will now look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America into Europe. As such, bearing in mind that Monsanto opposes initiatives to mandate labeling of ingredients developed from GM seeds, citizens of Europe clearly need to remain vigilant in their opposition to what has been described by some as the most hated corporation on Earth.


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Low vitamin D again linked to mobility issues for older people

July 23, 2013

Vitamin D deficiency may increase a senior citizen’s risk of physical limitations like walking up and down stairs, and being able to dress and undress, says a new study from The Netherlands.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

India school lunch deaths: high pesticide levels found

July 20, 2013

High levels of agricultural insecticide have been found in samples taken from tainted food blamed for the deaths of 23 schoolchildren in north-eastern India.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Conflict threatens global nutrition progress, new report warns

July 17, 2013

Major progress in tackling child undernutrition in some of the world's toughest countries is under threat as military and security funding takes precedence, a new report from aid agency World Vision warns.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: In the developing world, hundreds of millions of people continue to live in inhuman conditions of hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy. Even in industrialised countries, millions of people live without work and in dire poverty. All this misery has a common cause: the unjust distribution of our planet’s wealth and resources. With the whole of humanity increasingly under threat from crises and wars that arise chiefly from the greed and interests of multinational corporations, it is clear that, as a matter of the most urgent priority, the people of the world must unite to protect their inalienable human rights. To support our Call for a Movement of Life and a world of Health, Peace and Social Justice for All, click here. To download the World Vision report, click here.

Air pollution kills over 2 million people each year

July 16, 2013

Hold your breath. Air pollution kills more than 2 million people worldwide every year. By using climate models to simulate what air pollution was like in 1850 and 2000, Jason West at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his colleagues have estimated its effect on current death rates. The team links ozone to about 470,000 deaths per year from respiratory disease; increases in particulates – fine particles that penetrate the lungs – are behind 2.1 million deaths from heart and lung disease.
Read article on the New Scientist 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.

Survey reveals widening EU north-south divide

July 24, 2013

BRUSSELS - A new survey has revealed large differences in economic confidence and perceptions about the EU between northern and southern member states. While 80 percent of Swedes and 77 percent of Germans expressed confidence about the state of their country's economy, this contrasted with only 1 percent of Spaniards, and 2 percent of Cypriots and Greeks. Respondents from the crisis countries were also far more likely to feel disconnected from EU decision making, according to the eurobarometer survey released Tuesday (23 June).
Read article at euobserver.com

Judge denies BP effort to halt Gulf spill claim payouts

July 19, 2013

A federal judge denied an attempt by BP Plc to suspend payments to people and businesses claiming damages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, while an investigator looks into possible misconduct in the payout process.
Read news report at reuters.com

Political Assassination and the Crimes of War: The “Unnatural Death” of Dr. David Kelly
Ten Years ago: David Kelly Died in Oxfordshire, 17-18 July 2003

July 19, 2013

A bearded man of avuncular appearance had started early in replying to e-mails on the 17th July 2003. He was in the office of his pretty cottage, with the scent of roses telling of an English summer. The little village of Southmoor was stirring. He was to send over 80 via one of five hard drives and mostly in reply. Some would be encrypted because he was writing to friends and colleagues who like him shared secrets in the field of “WMDs”.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

You (and Your Cellphone) on Candid Camera

July 18, 2013

Anybody who shops at online stores like Amazon.com knows that those merchants track customers, what they look at, what they buy and how long they spend on the site. Perhaps it’s not all that surprising that traditional retailers — with little or no notice — have started tracking shoppers in stores, using security cameras and devices that can monitor the location of customer cellphones.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

EU referendum for Britain is a good thing, says Italian PM

July 17, 2013

The Italian prime minister has become the first leader to back David Cameron's decision to hold a referendum on Britain's European Union membership.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: It still remains to be seen whether or not the British people will get their much hoped for referendum on membership of the Brussels EU, which Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold in 2017 if his party wins a majority in the country’s 2015 general election. Regardless, however, with other European leaders beginning to recognize the need for British voters to have their say on the issue, demands for similar referendums in their own countries may likely follow.


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