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August 21, 2014

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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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Ginger Found to Reduce Premenstrual Pain and Mood Symptoms

August 3, 2014

"Ginger in China 01" by Anna Frodesiak - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

New research has confirmed other findings that ginger root (Zingiber officinale) can relieve premenstrual pain and associated symptoms, without some of the side effects associated with NSAIDs.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com


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Actor friend of Robin Williams claims the drugs he was taking for Parkinson's disease led to his suicide

August 17, 2014

"Robin Williams Canada". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Actor Rob Schneider claims the drugs tragic Robin Williams was taking for Parkinson's disease made him suicidal and could have led to his death.
Read article in the Daily Mirror (UK)

Comment: As with the deaths of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger before him, it seems possible that the tragic and untimely passing of Robin Williams may turn out to be yet another sobering reminder of the life-threatening dangers of patented synthetic drugs.

Pfizer is Liable for Harm Caused by a Generic Version of its Drug: Court

August 15, 2014

"Pfizer Finland HQ February 13 2009" by Lauri Silvennoinen - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The decision is potentially significant, because this is one of the few cases in which a court has found that a brand-name drug maker can be sued, even though a consumer had taken only the generic version. Consequently, the ruling may be considered by other courts deciding similar cases and prompt still more such lawsuits.
Read article on the Wall Street Journal website (USA)

Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO

August 12, 2014

Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: The antiviral properties of vitamin C and certain other micronutrients have been proven beyond any scientific doubt. Moreover, their benefits in augmenting and improving the immune system have been recognized by no less than nine Nobel prizes. As such, rather than recommending untested patented chemical drugs, the World Health Organization should take advantage of these scientific facts and promote them as primary public health measures to contain the Ebola epidemic.


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Monsanto’s Biotech Public Relations Makeover: Lubricating the Wheels of the GMO Trojan Horse

August 11, 2014

by  Donna Cleveland via Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/msdonnalee/8842926551

Monsanto believes it is having trouble getting its message across to the public. Last year, it began a makeover. It realised that it and GMOs have an image problem. According to the Holmes Report, an information service following the public relations industry, Monsanto has embarked on an international campaign by upgrading its association with Fleishman Hillard, one of the biggest public relations firms in the US.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Vague GM labeling rules a source for concern in China

August 5, 2014

Amid rising public concern, the regulations of GM produce labeling remain vague in China. Since 2005, there have been continued reports of farmers growing unapproved GM crops.
Read article on the Want China Times website (Taiwan)


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How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning Canada's agriculture

August 18, 2014

Agriculture in Canada is heading down a dangerous path, promoted by Health Canada's willingness to continue to approve the use of neonicotinoids despite the harm done by these chemicals. On July 24, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) registered a "seed protectant" with the neonicotinoid clothianidin, manufactured by Valent Canada, Inc. for commercial use on wheat. 
Read article at rabble.ca (Canada)

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery

August 15, 2014

"Operating theatre". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. "Vitamin D concentrations were associated with a composite of in-hospital death, serious infections, and serious cardiovascular events," according to the new research by Dr Alparslan Turan and colleagues of the Cleveland Clinic.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Study identifies EU policy shift on tobacco control after massive industry lobbying

August 14, 2014

A study has tracked how the dominance of language that first appeared in tobacco industry's submissions gradually crept into the final drafts of the European tobacco directive passed by the European parliament earlier this year. Using a word coding technique, researchers tracked how the European Commission's drafts on tobacco control policy changed markedly between 2010 and 2013, resembling tobacco industry submissions much more than those of health groups in the latter stages. The study concludes that the change in the drafts coincided with massive lobbying by the tobacco industry and was 'associated with significant policy shifts' towards the tobacco industry.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Comment: Under the Brussels EU dictatorship, the power of the people to determine their government was long ago transfered to corporate interests. For example, research has shown that in the mid-1990s British American Tobacco, one of the biggest tobacco manufacturers in the world, led a group of pharmaceutical, chemical, petrochemical and other firms in a successful long-term lobbying strategy to shape Brussels EU policy making – including content of the so-called “Treaty of Amsterdam” – in their favour. To learn more, read this article.


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.

In the red for the rest of 2014: today we exceed nature’s budget

August 19, 2014

By NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Humanity has exhausted its annual ecological budget in less than eight months, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank and WWF partner. For the rest of 2014, we are “in the red” – effectively overdrawn on the balance sheet of nature’s goods and services that we require to survive. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s footprint in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate. The date is moving progressively earlier from 1 October in 2000 to 19 August this year.
Read article on the World Wildlife Fund for Nature International website

U.K. Wind Power Sets New Generation Record

August 18, 2014

Wind power generated a record high of 22% of the U.K.'s electricity on Sunday, Aug. 17, beating the previous 24-hour record of 21% set earlier this month on Aug. 11, according to RenewableUK. Before that, the record stood at 20%, set on Dec. 20, 2013. Citing National Grid data, RenewableUK says the U.K.'s onshore and offshore wind turbines generated an average of 5,797 MW when the new record was made - enough to power more than 15 million homes at this time of year.
Read article at nawindpower.com

Solar cell breakthrough could let solar cars travel over 450 miles at a time

August 8, 2014

By GoShow (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Science boffins at start-up Semprius have found a manufacturing method that will allow them to stack solar cells to improve efficiency. By piling the solar cells on top of each other they will be able to cram enough into solar panels to offer 50 per cent more efficiency over current models. Current solar cells generally convert less than 25 per cent of the sun's energy into electricity.
Read article at pocket-lint.com


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