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December 19, 2013

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NATURAL HEALTH NEWS

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Higher vitamin D dose needed for bone health benefits
for older women: Study

December 12, 2013

Vitamin D doses closer to 1,000 IU per day may be needed to lessen bone loss in postmenopausal women, says a new study from the UK.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Exercise protects against aggressive breast cancer in black women

December 11, 2013

A nearly 20-year observational study involving more than 44,700 black women nationwide found that regular vigorous exercise offers significant protection against development of an aggressive subtype of breast cancer. The findings from the Black Women's Health Study are being presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

PHARMA "BUSINESS WITH DISEASE" NEWS

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The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

December 14, 2013

After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating. Severely hyperactive and impulsive children, once shunned as bad seeds, are now recognized as having a real neurological problem. Doctors and parents have largely accepted drugs like Adderall and Concerta to temper the traits of classic A.D.H.D., helping youngsters succeed in school and beyond. But Dr. Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D. specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been made in 15 percent of high school-age children, and that the number of children on medication for the disorder had soared to 3.5 million from 600,000 in 1990. He questioned the rising rates of diagnosis and called them "a national disaster of dangerous proportions."
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Japan Probes Pharma Magazine Ads Masquerading As Articles

December 12, 2013

The Japanese government is investigating whether numerous magazine articles intended to attract cancer patient may actually have been nothing more than embellished advertisements for cancer medicines and that several drugmakers paid the publisher of a monthly magazine to run the information, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Read article at pharmalive.com

Boehringer Is Fined Nearly $1M For Disappearing Documents

December 11, 2013

How much does it cost if potentially damaging documents disappear? How about $931,000? This is what Boehringer Ingelheim must pay in fines after a US federal court judge expressed dismay and outrage that the drugmaker failed to preserve "countless" files sought by patients who filed lawsuits claiming the Pradaxa bloodthinner caused excessive and, sometimes, fatal bleeding.
Read article at pharmalive.com

Comment: With Pradaxa having generated more than $1 billion in worldwide sales, and Boehringer Ingelheim's net sales for 2012 exceeding $19 billion, injured patients may perhaps now be feeling, upon learning of this fine, that a mere $1 million penalty for the loss of these potentially damaging documents is nowhere near enough.

GMO NEWS

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EU court annuls Commission GM potato approval

December 16, 2013

A European court has annulled approval of BASF's genetically modified (GM) Amflora potato in the European Union, saying the Commission had not followed proper procedures.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

'This is the time!' Connecticut gov signs first GMO labeling law in US

December 12, 2013

The governor of Connecticut hosted a ceremonial signing outside an organic restaurant in the city of Fairfield on Wednesday to commemorate the state's passing of what could be the first GMO labeling law of its type in the United States.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Over 1170 Condemn Retraction and Pledge Elsevier Boycott

December 11, 2013

Twenty-eight scientists from six countries launched the Open Letter on Retraction and Pledge to Boycott Elsevier at 7:00 pm GMT 4 December 2013, inviting both scientists and non-scientists to sign on. The letter condemns the gratuitous unilateral retraction of a peer-reviewed paper published in the Elsevier journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) a year ago; and those who sign on pledge to boycott the publisher unless and until the retraction is reversed. In less than a week, it attracted more than 1,175 signatures: 419 scientists and 756 non-scientists from 54 countries around the world, among them, distinguished award winning researchers and celebrities.
Read article on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED NEWS

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Enough is enough: vitamin bashing with the same old hammer

December 18, 2013

Vitamin bashing by the media was an inevitable consequence of the publication this week of three research articles and a damning editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (Europe) website

Fracking chemicals disrupt hormone function

December 16, 2013

A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body's hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Dancing dangers: Vitamin D deficiency means increased injury risk

December 12, 2013

Researchers looking at vitamin D levels in elite ballet dancers have found that deficiency caused by intensive indoor training leads to increased risk of injury.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies

December 11, 2013

Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products (PCPs), infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than adult women in the U.S., researchers have reported. They published their findings on parabens, which have been linked to reproductive and other health issues, in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Low Vitamin B12 Levels Increase Risk of Fractures in Older Men

December 10, 2013

Older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of having fractures. These are the findings of researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy as a part of an international study of a total of 1000 older men.
Read article at sciencedaily.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.

Experts Eye Oil and Gas Industry as Quakes Shake Oklahoma

December 12, 2013

Oklahoma has never been known as earthquake country, with a yearly average of about 50 tremors, almost all of them minor. But in the past three years, the state has had thousands of quakes. This year has been the most active, with more than 2,600 so far, including 87 last week.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Dismantle the euro, says Nobel-winning economist
who once backed currency union

December 12, 2013

A leading economist who once argued for the creation of the euro now claims the single currency should be abandoned as it is fuelling unemployment and dividing Europe.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Ukraine: The Untold Story – Far-Right Connections
of Pro-EU Faction

December 12, 2013

Ukraine's refusal to sign an EU association agreement, the ensuing protests and the attempt to oust the government in a failed no-confidence vote all have their origins in a grand geopolitical battle being waged between Germany and Russia. Germany is using the European Union to bring pressure to bear to integrate Ukraine into Berlin's political and economic sphere.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

European Commission nominates food lobbyist to EU food
safety agency's management board - again

December 3, 2013

The European Commission's Health and Consumers Directorate (SANCO) has short-listed a director of the biggest EU food industry lobby group FoodDrinkEurope among the candidates to the management board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Ms. Beate Kettlitz works in a leading position for the lobby group, which represents all major European food and drink corporations. It is the second year in a row that the Commission has tried to appoint representatives from FoodDrinkEurope as members of EFSA's management board: just one year ago, the European Commission nominated FoodDrinkEurope's executive director Mella Frewen (a former Monsanto lobbyist).
Read press release on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

 

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