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SEPTEMBER, 2007

Notes from A Poisoned World:

September 30, 2007

Aspartame Causes Cancer in Rats at Levels Currently Approved for Humans
The World Reacts (or doesn't): The treated animals showed extensive evidence of malignant cancers including lymphomas, leukemias, and tumors at multiple organ sites in both males and females. Flashback to this important mainstream article originally published on November 23, 2005. It is an acknowledgement of the Ramazzini Institute's study of aspartame. This article begs for an understanding of The Delaney Amendment which clearly states that if a substance causes cancer in animals then it cannot be approved for human use. Why then, in light of this Ramazzini study, does aspartame continue to remain on the market? Sweet Misery closely examines such questions.

Pfizer faces $8.5 bln suit over Nigeria drug trial
Medical Industry: Nigeria alleges Pfizer deceived patients and caused the death of 11 children in 1996 when it performed clinical trials for a new drug.

Can a dairy be big and organic?
The World Reacts: Odegard knows about the criticism and is determined to run Watts Brothers' dairy responsibly.

Lifestyle Diseases in UK Has Soared to New Heights in Last Five Years
Health Trends:

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wal-Mart Prices Aim for Younger Medicine User
PR: Perhaps more significant, Wal-Mart said it would start selling generic versions of two popular birth control pills for $9 a month, appealing to an estimated 11 million women in America, most of them under age 40, who use oral contraceptives.

Doctors' Personal Beliefs Should Never Prejudice Patient Care, Says BMA
Medical Industry:

Ban Sought on Cold Medicine for Very Young
PR: The reviewers wrote that there is little evidence that these medicines are effective in young children, and there are increasing fears that they may be dangerous. From 1969 to 2006, at least 54 children died after taking decongestants, and 69 died after taking antihistamines, the report said. And it added that since adverse drug reactions are reported voluntarily and fitfully, the numbers were likely to significantly understate the medicines’ true toll.
In the early 1980's, 80% of voluntary complaints made to the FDA were about aspartame - yet that product is still on the market. Interesting, how some products are targeted for action while others are not.

Natural is no longer simple
Health Trends: According to Natural Food Merchandiser, natural product sales grew nearly 10 percent last year, nearly hitting $60 billion.

A Hospital Error Leads to Patient's Death
Malpractice:

Friday, September 28, 2007

Infertility, Obesity: Condition Affects 1 In 14
Health Trends:

Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay $515 million for doctor kickback scheme
Medical Industry: The government alleged that from 2000 to mid-2003, BMS paid illegal remuneration to physicians and other healthcare providers to get them to promote BMS drugs.

Kiwis Warned to Avoid Poisonous Chewing Gum
Tainted Food (repost): I am reposting this article to accompany the latest addition of our activist page (click here to go to activist page), a belated and much-deserved nod to super activst, Betty Martini.

Tate & Lyle Gets Caned
Tainted Food: Another difficulty has been the ongoing dispute between the United States and the European Union over genetically modified corn..."Sucralose is a big source of profit for Tate & Lyle and that was probably the main reason why the share price peaked and fell this year," said Workman.

Coke, Pepsi Deny Using Excessive Ground Water in India
Ecohazard: The future water scenario for India is grim. Per capita water availability has slid from 5,000 cubic metres a year in 1950 to less than 2,000 cubic metres currently. Irrigation and industry are straining India's surface and ground water resources. The UN estimates that two-thirds of the world's population will not have enough water by 2025 if current trends are not reversed.

MMR uptake still short of target
Vaccines: Imagine the whole population as a herd of animals.

Tofu Brands Recalled After Health Warning
Tainted Food: The company, Quong Hop and Co. , has recalled all varieties of its Soy Deli brand tofu with a date code of Dec. 17, 2007, as well as three other brands.

Report Assails F.D.A. Oversight of Clinical Trials
Medical Industry: Because no one collects the data systematically, there is no way to tell how safe the nation’s clinical research is or ever has been...The drug agency oversees just the safety of trials by companies seeking approval to sell drugs or devices. Using an entirely different set of rules, the Office for Human Research Protections oversees trials financed by the federal government...Privately financed noncommercial trials have no federal oversight.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The ‘Poisonous Cocktail’ of Multiple Drugs
Medical Industry: Elderly people are especially vulnerable because they often have several medical problems for which they see different doctors, each prescribing drugs, often without knowing what else the patient is taking.

Influence Of Drug Companies On Medical Literature
PR: Such articles are "ghostly" says Dr Sismondo, "because signs of their actual production are largely invisible--academic authors whose names appear at the tops of ghost-managed articles give corporate research a veneer of independence and credibility."

Five commonly misdiagnosed diseases
Medical Industry:

Ground-breaking study links food additives to hyperactivity in children
Tainted Food: "We now have clear evidence that mixtures of certain food colours and benzoate preservative can adversely influence the behaviour of children." said Dr. Jim Stevenson, lead author of the study.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Consumer alert: Popular air fresheners found to contain toxic chemical
Ecohazard: The FDA makes virtually no effort to protect American consumers from cancer-causing or hormone-disrupting chemicals in tens of thousands of consumer products, and were it not for the efforts of consumer advocacy groups and environmental protection groups like the NRDC, no one would be protecting consumers at all. (U.S. government agencies usually have to be sued by groups like the CSPI or Public Citizen before they will take any pro-consumer action...)

Merck to donate 3M doses of cervical cancer vaccine
Medical Industry: Merck has the only cervical cancer vaccine approved in the United States, but rival GlaxoSmithKline PLC's vaccine, Cervarix, was approved Monday for sale in the 27 European Union member states and is awaiting U.S. approval. Did Merck overestimate demand?

Allergies Reaching Epidemic Proportions in UK
Health Trends:

Dentists say sugarless gum OK — as long as it's Wrigley
PR: The American Dental Association said today it has awarded its seal of acceptance to Wrigley sugar-free gums Orbit, Extra and Eclipse — based on studies funded at least partially by the maker of Wrigley gums, Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

People's IQ is Determined by the Size of the Head!
Eugenics: People with big heads are likely to have a higher IQ than individuals with smaller head sizes, according to an analysis of a 1939 study comparing head size and intelligence in a group of male prisoners. Periodically, Eugenics still rears its ugly head. Notice the date of when the original study was done and think about the Global political mindset of that time.

Should Drinks Like Gatorade Sport the 'Junk Food' Label?
Tainted Food/PR: Ending up on a list of school junk foods could undermine that healthful, sporty image.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How to Use Nutrition to Eliminate IBS and Treat Asthma, Allergies
Natural Health:

Omega-3 fatty acids protect against diabetes: study
Natural Health: A diet rich in fish and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids helped cut the risk that children with a family history of diabetes would develop the disease, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday..."It is a relatively large effect," said Jill Norris, whose study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association..."It is exciting because it suggests we might be able to develop nutritional interventions to prevent diabetes."

Vitamin E Trials 'Fatally Flawed'
Natural Health: It's now known that natural forms of the vitamin are far more readily absorbed than synthetic types.

Study: Farms Fuel Frog Deformities
Ecohazard: Deformed frogs first gained international attention in the mid-1990s, when a group of schoolchildren discovered a pond where more than half of the leopard frogs had missing or extra limbs, Johnson said.

Making baby food from scratch is easy, nutritious
The World Reacts:

Acupuncture helps back pain, don't ask how
Natural Health: In a study of 1,162 adults with chronic lower back pain, 48 percent of those in a group who underwent between 10 and 15 treatments with traditional Chinese "verum" acupuncture reported at least one-third less pain and an improvement in functional ability, with lasting benefits... That compared to 27 percent of those reporting relief in the group undergoing drug and exercise therapy.

Antibiotic Resistant ESBL-Producing E.coli Strain Spreading In UK
Tainted Food: An ESBL-producing E.coli strain, which is said to be harder to treat than MRSA, now infects about 30,000 people annually in England and Wales, according to a TV Tonight Programme.... The first case of ESBL E.coli appeared about four years ago...

Flu-shot benefit overstated?
Vaccines: "The message is: We should not be basing our vaccine policy on data that is faulty," said Dr. Lisa Jackson, a study author and investigator with the Group Health center.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Number of Elderly Cancer Patients to Double by 2030
Health Trends: New cancer cases around the world are expected to increase from 10.9 million in 2002 to about 16 million in 2020, according to the WHO, with the corresponding deaths per year jumping from 6.7 million to 10.3 million.

Green Tea -- Beats Avandia for Diabetes, and No Deadly Side Effects
Natural Health:

The New Cigarette
Ecohazard: Devra Davis wants chemical waste to become the new cigarette, an object that generates reflexive loathing from most Americans. And the pieces of the puzzle seem to be there: exposure-related cancers, decades of incriminating research, and cover-ups by the chemical industry.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Standard dosage sought for medical marijuana
Prohibition: Patients using marijuana for ailments such as chronic back pain and cancer are allowed by Washington state law to possess a two-month supply of the drug. But medical marijuana doesn't come with a standard dose or even a standard method of taking the drug.

Drivers with dementia a growing problem, MDs warn
Health Trends: CBC News has used Ontario data cited in the paper to extrapolate there will be about 270,000 Canadian drivers with varying degrees of dementia by 2027.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

More Profit and Less Nursing at Many Homes
Medical Industry: Habana Health Care Center, a 150-bed nursing home in Tampa, Fla., was struggling when a group of large private investment firms purchased it and 48 other nursing homes in 2002.

The facility’s managers quickly cut costs. Within months, the number of clinical registered nurses at the home was half what it had been a year earlier, records collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicate. Budgets for nursing supplies, resident activities and other services also fell, according to Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

If we are what we eat, Americans are corn and soy
Health Trends: Proteins and fats in your food are incorporated into your body and brain with potentially profound effects on your health and even your behavior.

ASPARTAME AND PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS
Tainted Food: Since aspartame can alter the balance of certain neurotransmitters which we believe are involved in mood disorders and can, in my opinion, alter the seizure threshold, I advised my patient to avoid all aspartame products.

The Vitamin E and Heart Bonding!
Natural Health: It’s now known that natural forms of the vitamin are far more readily absorbed than synthetic types. It’s also been discovered that supplements taken without a fat-containing meal are largely useless, because in the absence of dietary fat vitamin E is not absorbed.

Raines reflects on journalism, loss and lawyers
PR: Raines strayed from the book to lament the direction journalism is headed in - a path he feels is too strongly dictated by consumerism.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Starchy diet 'may damage liver'
Health Trends: After six months on the diet, the mice weighed the same, but those on the high GI diet had twice the normal amount of fat in their bodies, blood and livers.

Americans Confused About FDA and Drug Safety
Medical Industry: Although millions of Americans depend on prescription medicines for health, many are confused and distrustful of government's role in keeping those medicines safe, a new survey finds.

Merck halts testing of promising AIDS vaccine
Medical Industry: A promising experimental vaccine to prevent the AIDS virus has failed in a crucial experiment, with volunteers becoming infected with HIV anyway, leading the drug developer to halt the study... In a statement, the NIH said a data safety monitoring board, reviewing interim results, found the vaccine cannot be shown to prevent HIV infection or limit severity of the disease "in those who become infected with HIV as a result of their own behaviors that exposed them to the virus." Doesn't sound very promising to me.

Stress Breaks Hearts
Medical Industry: "What is intuitive to people is not necessarily intuitive to physicians," Brotman tells WebMD. "Emotional stress, conceptually, is the same thing for cardiovascular risk as physical stress. But a lot of doctors blow that off, because they think emotional stress is a psychological problem, not a physical problem." The mainstream medical industry is beginning to report on the mindbody connection.

Tooth loss in elderly linked to mental impairment
Health Trends: It's possible that people with cognitive impairment simply take worse care of their teeth, he added, but there are also mechanisms by which poor dental health itself could harm the brain.

New Strategy To Create Genetically-modified Animals Developed
Medical Industry: The research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Center for Research Resources.

Mattel sorry for 'design flaws'
The World Reacts: This followed other product scares over Chinese food, toothpaste and tyres. Just wondering: could it be possible that China was not solely responsible for these other scares too?

Doctors Strike at Premier Orissa Hospital
Malpractice: Some youths had come to the casualty department from city's Rajabagicha area with a man who had pain in his head after consuming a cold drink, district police chief Soumendra Priyadarshi told IANS.

"The doctors on duty treated him with two injections and advised him to take rest at home. Subsequently, he complained unbearable pain in the head and was again brought to the hospital, where he was examined and declared dead.

City Cites 71 Drugstores With Overcharging
Medical Industry: $9.99 Blood Glucose Monitor Mistakenly Sold For $79.99 At Walgreens.

Multiple Corticosteroid Injections In Pregnant Women May Increase Cerebral Palsy
Medical Industry:

Phosgene Present in Significant Amount in the Atmosphere
Ecohazard: Phosgene plays a major role in the preparation of pharmaceuticals, herbicides, insecticides, synthetic foams, resins and polymers, though its use is being reduced.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

GPs Over Prescribe Antibiotics
Medical Industry: Rather than looking at factors such as old age and co-morbidity, which would affect a patient's recovery Doctors tend to over-emphasize symptoms such as white spots in the throat.

Watchdog under fire on additives
The World Reacts: The Food Standards Agency has been accused by campaigners of "chickening out" of banning additives linked to hyperactivity in children.

Vaccine May Cause 'Superbug' Ear Infections
Vaccines: But it is a unique vaccine because it covers only seven of the 90-odd strains of the germ.

Smoking ban lifted for medicinal pot at Santa Cruz park
The World Reacts: "I think there's a solid basis for supporting this group," said Councilman Mike Rotkin, who joined Mayor Emily Reilly in writing the resolution to exempt WAMM from the smoking ban. "They're pretty selfless folks. It's not like they're out there profiting off other people's medical needs."

Judge rules woman unfairly denied care
Regulation: Delaware officials violated the constitutional rights of a severely disabled woman by denying Medicaid coverage that would allow her to move from North Carolina to be near her parents, a federal judge has ruled.

Extended cellphone use causes hearing loss: study
Ecohazard: The study comes at a time when even young children are carrying cellphones and using them for everything from gossip sessions to listening to music with the built-in MP3 players.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bush / Big Pharma conspiracy? White House to oppose open disclosure of clinical drug trials
Medical Industry: The blocking of this provision would allow drug companies to continue to conduct their clinical trials in secret, hiding results from the public and cherry picking only those clinical trials they wish to make public.

Exercise on par with drugs for aiding depression
Natural Health: And exercise can even be free - but takes more effort than popping a pill which is probably why this information actually made it to the main stream news.

Growing All-Natural Trend Leaves Many Moms Mistakenly Bathing Their Babies in Cancer-Causing Chemicals
Tainted Products: Every day, new mothers are making the commitment to live an all-natural, chemical-free lifestyle, mistakenly thinking that changing their dietary habits alone will make them and their children one with nature.

Why the average physically inactive person should eat a Mediterranean diet
Natural Health:

Dietitians urge kids to read food labels
The World Reacts: "Since I find parents are not doing a bang-up job (teaching nutrition), I think it's important to empower the children with their own information," said Miami registered dietitian Ronni Litz Julien.

Organic Meals for Baby?
The World Reacts: The study concluded: “An organic diet provides a dramatic and immediate protective effect” against pesticide exposure.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

FDA warns Hain over stevia use and calls herb unsafe
PR: U.S. health regulators warned Hain Celestial Group Inc about a potentially unsafe herb in some of its herbal teas, saying it might be dangerous to blood sugar, reproductive, cardiovascular and renal systems. What?!? Doctors that I've spoken to talk about how Stevia is safe for diabetics. Interesting what they choose to try to attack.

Only a Handful of Britons Ready to Exercise Despite Death Risk
Health Trends:

The GMO Food Guide
The World Reacts: The True Food Network, the grassroots network of the Center for Food Safety, compiled this essential list.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Virtually All U.S. Doctors Accept Money, Freebies from Drug Companies
Medical Industry: One study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week found that 94 percent of doctors have some type of relationship with the drug industry -- most commonly accepting free food or drug samples, which about 80 percent of physicians did.

Sick man fined for going to work
Regulation: A sick Canadian bakery worker has been fined C$1,000 ($970) for ignoring an order to stay at home until he recovered from symptoms of salmonella poisoning, medical officials said on Thursday.

Johns Hopkins Cancer Center Chief Martin Abeloff Dies Of Leukemia
Medical Industry:

April/May 2007 Codex Report (Ottawa, Canada)
Health Freedom: In fact these agencies like most "activist/health/environmental/industry associations and groups, in whole or part, are funded by corporations with vested interests as this is the most effective and the best public relations tactic money can buy."

Health Tip: When Acupuncture May Help
Natural Health: I found acupuncture very helpful for me.

Horrible Death of US Woman Raises Questions on Gene Therapy
Medical Industry: Jolee Mohr of Illinois fell ill the day after her right knee was injected with trillions of genetically engineered viruses in a voluntary experiment to find out if gene therapy might be a safe way to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. She was dead three weeks later. And it was a horrid death.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Sweetest Scandal in the History of American Health
Tainted Foods: The shocking truth of how a political "favor" got the government to approve this poison -- and why aspartame is making us sicker and fatter than good old sugar ever could!

China recalls leukaemia drugs in safety scare
Medical Industry: China has recalled leukaemia drugs produced by a Shanghai drug company after several children suffered side effects, the latest in a series of product safety scares to hit China, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

Concerns Over Direct to Consumer Drug Advertising in Europe
PR: A proposal to modify the current ban on direct to consumer advertising is due to be considered by the European parliament in the next few months.

But an interim report released at the end of April 2007 concludes that reliable information on medicines is not sufficient for patients’ needs and calls for a partnership between drug manufacturers and regulatory bodies to plug this information gap.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Stop Medications, Migraines Might Come Down!
Medical Industry: Half of chronic migraines, and as many as 25 percent of all headaches, are actually “rebound” episodes resulting from an overuse of common pain medications, US studies say. Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs may be to blame.

Apples During Pregnancy Help Lower Asthma, Wheezing Risk in Kids
Natural Health:

Calories underestimated in "healthy" restaurants
Tainted Food: The researchers found that individuals underestimate the calorie content of foods served at restaurants they see as healthier, to a degree that could easily lead to weight gain.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Microchipping of Alzheimer's patients begins in Florida
Medical Industry: CASPIAN has warned that the chips may cause adverse tissue reactions, problems with medical devices, electrical hazards and may place patients at risk of having their private information stolen.
See this article we linked to from September 9th: Chip implants OK'd for humans despite studies suggesting cancer link

Pregnancy and Aspartame
Tainted Food: New SweetRemedy.tv posting!

Playing with danger
Ecohazard: Experts are now saying that there may be no safe level of lead in children's toys and products.

Emergency rooms move to self-service with check-in kiosks
Health Trends:

Study Finds Only Fewer Children Were Active Enough to Stay Healthy
Health Trends: Concerns for children’s health and longevity have been heightened after a study showed that only one in 250 girls and one in 20 boys have been taking enough exercise.

Children cholesterol test call
PR: Familial hypercholesterolaemia is an inherited condition which affects about one in 500 people in which the body does not get rid of cholesterol in the usual way and it accumulates.

Bayer’s Trasylol Will Remain in Market Despite Increased Risk of Death
Medical Industry: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel has suggested that aprotinin, sold by Bayer AG under brand name Trasylol, be allowed to remain in market despite reports of increased risk of death and other serious side effect.

More mobile use may increase cancer risk
Health Trends: Using the mobile phone for a long time may increase risk of cancer, scientists in Britain have warned.

Mother Uses Grief Over Autistic Son To Do Something For Others Like Him
Vaccines: Minneapolis-based entrepreneur Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson. She overcome depression and shock when her only son turned autistic, supposedly after a MMR (Mumps- Measles-Rubella) vaccine, and one for influenza and chicken pox on Oct. 15, 2001, when her son Cade Larson, was 15 months old.

Family meals may have lasting impact on kids' diets
Health Trends: By their early 20s, these teens reported eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking less soda, and getting more fiber, potassium and magnesium than their peers who ate few meals with their families.

Phase-out of ozone-busting chemicals on Montreal agenda
The World Reacts:

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Aspartame manufacturer funds junk science that declares aspartame to be safe (opinion)
PR:

Burger King promises healthier kids' meals
The World Reacts: In that vein, Burger King is building a Kids Meal that will contain the flame-broiled Tenders, organic unsweetened applesauce and low-fat milk, for a total of 305 calories and 8.5 grams of fat. It will be available in restaurants sometime in 2008, the company said. 8.5 grams of fat? Wow -- for myself, I try to keep it under a gram or two.

Fungus infection killed Targeted Genetics patient
Medical Industry: Jolee Mohr, who died July 24 after being injected with a dose of Targeted Genetics' arthritis therapy, suffered a massive fungus infection that indicated her immune system was compromised, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Mobile Phones to Be Banned for Kids Below 16 in Karnataka
The World Reacts:

Pesticide Nun
Ecohazard: First, she looked at how pesticides affected humans – and discovered striking similarities between their effects and the symptoms she had been suffering.

Americans spend most on Lipitor, drug survey finds
Medical Industry: Cholesterol drugs in general raked in the most money for their makers, according to the survey by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Life expectancy in U.S. rises to all-time high of 78
Health Trends: The United States, a country of 300 million people, ranks 42nd in the world in life expectancy, according to previously released data.

Health-insurance costs up 78 percent in 6 years
Medical Industry:

Cancer doubt remains over mobiles
Ecohazard: But a spokeswoman for the Mast Sanity campaign group said: "We believe mobiles are harmful to health, plenty of other studies have shown this.

"The programme has not really got to the bottom of this, it is too close to industry."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Shocking Dangers of MSG You Don’t Know
Tainted Food:

2 more teachers sick at school officials insist is safe
Ecohazard: "What I'm beginning to wonder is, is HISD going to wait until a kid or a teacher keels over and dies," said Fallon, who suspects mold at the 50-year-old school may be the problem. "I'm real sorry they can't find what's wrong with the building. That doesn't mean there's nothing wrong."

Study shows vitamin C's cancer-fighting properties
Natural Health:

Monday, September 10, 2007

New online consumer health guide reveals nutritional deficiencies caused by prescription drugs
The World Reacts: Today, most consumers are not being told about these drug-induced nutritional deficiencies, and they continue taking pharmaceuticals without knowing they are often leaving their body in a dangerous state of nutrient depletion that can lead to chronic degenerative disease.

Food for thought: Healthy school lunches are making the grade in Boston
The World Reacts:

Limits proposed on fast-food restaurants
The World Reacts: Amid worries of an obesity epidemic and its related illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, Los Angeles officials, among others around the country, are proposing to limit new fast-food restaurants -- a tactic that could be called health zoning.

China reports leap in new HIV/AIDS cases
Health Trends:

Study: 2.4 million kids have ADHD
PR: About 2.4 million American children ages 8 to 15 have the disorder, according to the study. Yet less than 40 percent are taking drugs for it. Many cases remain undetected. The study found about 52 percent of affected children have not been diagnosed.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Prevalence of Cancer High Among Pakistani Children
Health Trends:

Chip implants OK'd for humans despite studies suggesting cancer link
Medical Industry: "There's no way in the world, having read this information, that I would have one of those chips implanted in my skin, or in one of my family members," said Dr. Robert Benezra, head of the Cancer Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Western Influences Disrupt Mediterranean Diet
Health Trends: Most people in Crete no longer follow the healthy eating and exercise patterns of their grandparents.

In a study Kafatos did last year, he found half the women in Crete obese and almost 40 percent of the men. According to another study, 40 percent of kids are obese, as well. And smoking is a problem: About half of adults smoke.

Though FDA approved, microchip implants linked to animal cancer
Health Trends: When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."

But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk in pregnancy, study finds
Health Trends:

Friday, September 7, 2007

Shoppers follow stars to healthier foods
The World Reacts:

Suicides rise sharply in U.S. youth, studies find
Health Trends: Suicides among children and young adults rose by an alarming 8 percent in 2004, a year when concerns about the dangers of antidepressants triggering suicides were widely publicized, federal researchers reported on Thursday.

School Children Exposed to Fluorescent Lights are at the Risk of Headaches
Eco Hazard: According to a Cambridge University study, eight in 10 classrooms in England are fitted with immoderate bright and flickering lights, which, according to experts, result in eye strain and loss of concentration.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Why a microwave oven is bad for your health
Tainted Food: I set my inverter-magnetron microwave to cook at 30% power for 3 1/2 minutes. I placed the CD in a plastic bowl and added 1 cup of water at 74°F. After cooking, the temperature was 158°F. I dried off the CD and stuck it in my CD player. It still played. All 16 songs were still ok. I then placed a second, identical CD in the bowl and again added 1 cup of water. I cooked it for one minute on high power. It went from 73°F to 162°F, so it got approximately the same amount of heat.

Teen antidepressant warning had ripple effect
The World Reacts: Following the US Food and Drug Administration's warning about the possible risk of suicide among teens when they're treated with antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs, the rates of diagnosis and treatment of depression among adults have declined significantly, according to a new report.

ADHD preschoolers helped by structure, consistency
Natural Health: New research suggests simple techniques that give more structure to a prescooler's day can offer a nondrug alternative to help the tiniest sufferers of ADHD.

Report Links Power Lines to Cancer
Eco Hazard: Those who lived within 328 yards of a power line up to age 5 were five times more likely to develop cancer, while those who lived that close to a power line at any point during their first 15 years were three times more likely to develop cancer as an adult, the newspaper said.

Television viewing could lead to attention problems
Eco Hazard: The more television they watch the more problems they could face, the study of more than 1,000 children born in Dunedin, New Zealand between April 1972 and March 1973 found.

More kids "bipolar," but doctors skeptical
Health Trends: Researchers looked at the number of times children under 19 went to the doctor and were diagnosed with or treated for bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. They found a 40-fold increase, from an estimated 20,000 visits in 1994 to 800,000 in 2003. The jump coincided with children's rising use of antipsychotic medicine.

Arsenic In The Food Chain - An International Threat
Tainted Food:

Parents warned of additives link
Tainted Food: A Food Standards Agency (FSA) study of 300 random children found they behaved impulsively and lost concentration after a drink containing additives.

Teen cancer survivors show mood and behavior problems
Health Trends: Certain cancer treatments were particularly associated with these problems, including brain radiation and spinal injections of the cancer drug methotrexate. These therapies directly affect the functioning of the central nervous system and are known to be linked to neurological and psychological problems.

Popcorn makers work to remove chemical
The World Reacts:

FDA to probe popcorn link in man's lung disease
Tainted Food: The additive, which gives microwave popcorn a buttery taste, has long been linked with a rare lung disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, found in plant workers.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Pfizer study shows risk of cholesterol pill switch
PR: Patients switching from Pfizer's branded cholesterol pill Lipitor to Merck & Co's Zocor -- now available as a cheap generic -- are more likely to have a heart attack or die, according to a Pfizer-backed study.

Study: 2.4 million kids have ADHD
Health Trends:

Hands off the medicine cabinet when treating sick children
Medical Industry: Parents should never give children smaller doses of medications for adult as they cannot handle all drugs and will respond differently.

Bipolar-kid diagnoses skyrocket
Health Trends:

Monday, September 3, 2007

European drug companies seek to end direct-to-consumer advertising ban; hope to follow U.S. drug advertising model
Medical Industry: Citing a dearth of independent health information for consumers, European drug companies are aggressively lobbying for a change in E.U. rules about direct communication between companies and patients. But many watchdog groups fear that this is merely an attempt to bypass the E.U.'s ban on drug advertising.

Easy nondrug help aids ADHD kids
Natural Health: New research suggests simple techniques that give more structure to a preschooler's day can offer a nondrug alternative to help the tiniest sufferers of ADHD.

German Patient Approved to Use Cannabis for Treating Multiple Sclerosis
Herbal Remedies:

Migraine cures 'give women headaches'
Medical Industry: Half a million women experience headaches brought on by drugs they take to cure them, scientists revealed.

If it says McDonald's, then it must be good
PR: In taste tests with 63 children ages 3 to 5, there was only a slight preference for the McDonald's-branded hamburger over one wrapped in plain paper, not enough to be statistically significant. But for all the other foods, the McDonald's brand made all the difference.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Pig Disease Spreads Through China
Tainted Food: More than 257,000 pigs had been infected with the epidemic, known as blue-eared pig disease, by late August, with 68,000 of them dying, official Xinhua news agency said late Saturday.

Organic almond supporters roast pasteurization plan.
The World Reacts: "Almonds are a part of the heritage of the American people, and it makes me very sad that they're about to dump a fumigant on our American heritage," Schwartz said, referring to a method of pasteurization that involves chemicals.

Immunization Rates High For U.S. Kids
Vaccines: "We're doing well in the childhood program but we've still got a ways to go with adolescents," Melinda Wharton, M.D., deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news conference.

FDA licenses new vaccine against smallpox
Vaccines: The vaccine is intended to innoculate people at high risk of exposure to smallpox, a highly contagious disease. But the FDA says the vaccine also could be used to protect individuals and populations during a bioterrorist attack. After September 11th concern arose that smallpox and other infections could be engineered as weapons.
The business of hysteria.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

About 77% of Young Children Nationwide Receive All Vaccinations Recommended by CDC, Survey Finds
Vaccines: The recommended vaccinations, which children receive between ages 19 months to 35 months, include four doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines; three doses of polio vaccine; measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; three doses of haemophilus influenzae type B, or Hib, vaccine; three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; and one or more doses of chickenpox vaccine.

Drug Warning Labels Should Include FDA Ties to Big Pharma
Medical Industry: Not just Vioxx -- recently found to cause kidney problems on top of the heart attacks for which it was pulled -- but its seven deadly sisters named by the FDA's Dr. David Graham before Congress in 2004: Crestor, Meridia, Serevent, Lotronex, Arava, Accutane and Bextra.

Choline in meat, dairy products linked to colon cancer risk in women
Tainted Food: Researchers may have discovered a relationship between the risk of colorectal cancer in women and their consumption of choline, which has until now been thought to be an essential nutrient. The link was reported in a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

rous U.S.-made food and drug products are: Blame China! Lately, we've seen China blamed for everything from toxic toothpaste, deadly dog food, contaminated ginger and now lead-based paints in Mattel toys.

House bill directs FDA to revamp food safety work
Regulation: The U.S. House passed a $90.7 billion funding bill on Thursday that orders the Food and Drug Administration to write a plan for improving its food safety work, brought into doubt by tainted imports this year.

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