From New Scientist, 12 June 1999
by Rob Edwards

ULTRASOUND SCANS can stop cells from dividing and make them commit suicide.

A research team in Ireland say this is the first evidence that routine scans, which have let doctors peek at fetuses and internal organs for the past 40 years, affect the normal cell cycle.

A team led by Patrick Brennan of University College Dublin gave 12 mice an 8-megahertz scan lasting for 15 minutes. Hospital scans, which reflect inaudible sound waves off soft tissue to produce images on a monitor, use frequencies of between 3 and 10 megahertz and can last for up to an hour

The researchers detected two significant changes in the cells of the small intestine in scanned mice compared to the mice that hadn't been scanned. Four and a half hours after exposure, there was a 22 per cent reduction in the rate of cell division, while the rate of programmed cell death or "apoptosis" had approximately doubled.

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 Excerpts about Ultrasound

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"What Doctors Don't Tell You"
by Lynne McTaggart.
"No well controlled study has yet proved that routine scanning of prenatal patients will improve the outcome of pregnancy" - official statement from American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1984 

Some studies show that, with ultrasound, you are more likely to lose your baby. A study from Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London found that women having doppler ultrasound were more likely to lose their babies than those who received only standard neonatal care (17 deaths to 7).

A Norwegian study of 2,000 babies found that those subjected to routine ultrasound scanning were 30% more likely to be left-handed than those sho weren't scanned.  An Australian study demonstraates that frequent scans increased the proportion of growth-restricted babies by a third, resulting
in a higher number of small babies.  Exposure to ultrasound also caused delayed speech, according to Canadian researcher Professor James Campbell. 

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By Robert Matthews

Evidence suggesting that ultrasound scans on pregnant women cause brain damage in their unborn babies has been uncovered by scientists.

In the most comprehensive study yet on the effect of the scanning, doctors have found that men born to mothers who underwent scanning were more likely to show signs of subtle brain damage.

During the 1990s, a number of studies hinted that ultrasound scanning affected unborn babies. Research has suggested that subtle brain damage can cause people who ought genetically to be right-handed to become left-handed. In addition, these people face a higher risk of conditions ranging from learning difficulties to epilepsy.

Now a team of Swedish scientists has confirmed the earlier reports on the effects of ultrasound with the most compelling evidence yet that unborn babies are affected by the scanning. They compared almost 7,000 men whose mothers underwent scanning in the 1970s with 170,000 men whose mothers did not, looking for differences in the rates of left- and right-handedness.

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 Excerpts about Ultrasound

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"What Doctors Don't Tell You"
by Lynne McTaggart.
"No well controlled study has yet proved that routine scanning of prenatal patients will improve the outcome of pregnancy" - official statement from American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1984 

Some studies show that, with ultrasound, you are more likely to lose your baby. A study from Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London found that women having doppler ultrasound were more likely to lose their babies than those who received only standard neonatal care (17 deaths to 7).

A Norwegian study of 2,000 babies found that those subjected to routine ultrasound scanning were 30% more likely to be left-handed than those sho weren't scanned.  An Australian study demonstraates that frequent scans increased the proportion of growth-restricted babies by a third, resulting
in a higher number of small babies.  Exposure to ultrasound also caused delayed speech, according to Canadian researcher Professor James Campbell. 

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Ultrasound & Doppler - Shadow of a doubt

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From New Scientist, 12 June 1999
by Rob Edwards

ULTRASOUND SCANS can stop cells from dividing and make them commit suicide.

A research team in Ireland say this is the first evidence that routine scans, which have let doctors peek at fetuses and internal organs for the past 40 years, affect the normal cell cycle.

A team led by Patrick Brennan of University College Dublin gave 12 mice an 8-megahertz scan lasting for 15 minutes. Hospital scans, which reflect inaudible sound waves off soft tissue to produce images on a monitor, use frequencies of between 3 and 10 megahertz and can last for up to an hour

The researchers detected two significant changes in the cells of the small intestine in scanned mice compared to the mice that hadn't been scanned. Four and a half hours after exposure, there was a 22 per cent reduction in the rate of cell division, while the rate of programmed cell death or "apoptosis" had approximately doubled.

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EU Judge Rules Food Supplement Laws 'Invalid'

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EU Judge Rules Food Supplement Laws 'Invalid'
By Geoff Meade, PA Europe Editor, in Brussels

Controversial new European laws controlling the sale of vitamins and other food supplements were declared illegal by a judge today.

The health food rules, due in force in August and affecting thousands of products in British shops, infringe basic EU principles of “legal protection, legal certainty and sound administration”, said an Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

The interim “opinion” is a victory for the British health food industry’s legal challenge to an EU Directive which, say campaigners, will ban thousands of common food supplements and bankrupt many suppliers.

But today’s declaration is merely advisory and the full court will not deliver the final verdict for months.

In a majority of European Court cases, though, the judges follow the advice of the Advocate-General.

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THE FINANCIAL TIMES
By Stephen Schurr*
March 25 2005*

"It isn't a stretch to say Big Pharma's fortunes are tethered in part to the Amazon.com sales rank of Evidence of Harm"

It is hard to find a sector that suffered more in 2004 than Big Pharma.

Runaway healthcare costs became an issue in the US election. Seniors surpassed wayward teens as America's biggest drug lawbreakers, crossing over to Canada to get cheaper supplies. In September, Merck withdrew its arthritis drug Vioxx, which spawned lawsuits. Lurking beneath the headlines was Wall Street's worry that Big Pharma's pipeline of new drugs looked dry. The S&P 500 Pharmaceutical index fell 9.5 per cent for the year.

Early this year, some value investors have swooped, believing pharmaceutical stocks were poised to recover. While they may be right, it's possible that some issues may make 2004 look like the calm before the storm.

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According to a recent release of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, widely prescribed anti psychotic drugs such as Risperdal (risperidone), Zyparexa (olanzapine) and Clozaril (clozapine) cause heart attacks often termed "sudden death", severe metabolic disorders, hyperglycemia and diabetes.

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Advocate General Geelhoed of the European Court of Justice has recently filed his opinion, the concluding remarks in the case before the court decides later this year, in a case referred to Luxembourg by a German appeals court asking the EU court for its view on several questions. The problem that led to the cases originally was the classification by German health authorities of several food supplements as medicines, effectively banning their import into Germany:

- a lactobacillus product composed of six forms of friendly bacteria

- a vitamin C product of 1000 mg

- OPC 85, oligomeric procyanidins, a bioflavanol extract

- Acid free C - 1000 mg of vitamin C buffered by 110 mg of calcium

- E 400, capsules with 268 mg of vitamin E

The case and some of the previous documents filed by member state governments and the Commission, are discussed in this article.

The opinion of the EU court's Advocate General goes into detail on the legal question of how to separate food products from medicines. It shows the great difficulty that an extremely wide and ambiguous EU medicine definition brings in determining coherently what is a food and what instead should be registered as a medicine.

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Scientist Admits Fraud in Grant Data

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Boston Globe
March 18, 2005
By Carey Goldberg and Scott Allen, Globe Staff


Ex-Vermont scientist won nearly $3m from US


In the worst case of scientific fakery to come to light in two decades, a top obesity researcher who long worked at the University of Vermont admitted yesterday that he fabricated data in 17 applications for federal grants to make his work seem more promising, helping him win nearly $3 million in government funding.

Eric T. Poehlman, a leading specialist on metabolic changes during aging, acknowledged that he altered and made up research results from 1992 to 2002, including findings published in medical journals that overstated the effect of menopause on women's health.

Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Poehlman, 49, will be barred for life from receiving federal funding, pay back $180,000, and plead guilty to a criminal charge of fraud that could bring jail time. He agreed to ask scientific journals to retract and correct 10 articles they published by him.

''Dr. Poehlman fraudulently diverted millions of dollars," said David V. Kirby, the US attorney for Vermont. ''This in turn siphoned millions of dollars from the pool of resources available for valid scientific research proposals. As this prosecution proves, such conduct will not be tolerated."

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