Drug Companies Wooing GOP Pols at RNC
Wednesday September 1, 2004 11:46 AM
By SHARON THEIMER
Associated Press Writer
Source: The Guardian

NEW YORK (AP) - The pharmaceutical industry, fighting to defeat proposals that would give U.S. patients easier access to cheaper Canadian drugs, is making the most of its chance for face time with lawmakers at the GOP convention.

Drug companies are well-represented on the social calendar in New York with events large and small.

They include an afternoon tea with New York state first lady Libby Pataki, sponsored by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; a nomination-night party for top members of President Bush's re-election team, co-sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb; and a breast-cancer awareness luncheon funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Pfizer is one of the most active drug makers. Its events include a supper for the Colorado delegation at Tavern on the Green and an evening reception at the landmark Rainbow Room in honor of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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The Flu Season Campaign Begins

By Red Flags Columnist, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

New Medical Awareness Seminars
http://www.NMAseminars.com/
 
As predictable as the return of yellow school buses and Monday Night Football, the arrival of fall also brings the first fearful chatter about the approaching flu season. But this year there is a twist: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has devised a portentous new blueprint to ensure the economic success of this season’s flu vaccine.

Concerned over data documenting that almost 65% of people surveyed in 2003 did not receive the flu shot—including nearly 47% with chronic illnesses and 78% of children aged 6-23 months—a new strategy has been devised. The plan is fully disclosed in a 51 slide communiqué called “Planning for the 2004-05 Influenza Vaccination Season: A Communication Situation Analysis,” prepared by Glen Nowak, Ph.D., the Associate Director for Communications at the National Immunization Program.

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Mercury In Tooth Fillings Targeted

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Mercury In Tooth Fillings Targeted
August 31, 2004
By WILLIAM HATHAWAY, Courant Staff Writer
Source: http://www.ctnow.com

Environmental groups are urging state officials to tell dentists to stop using amalgam fillings as part of an effort to reduce use of mercury in Connecticut.

The groups have called a press conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford today to urge the state Department of Environmental Protection to enforce a 2002 law that bans products with mercury if alternatives are available.

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Mercury warnings envelop area's pristine rivers
September 2, 2004
HEALTH
By Bruce Ritchie

DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
Source: Tallahasse Democrat

Florida officials are finding fish with higher mercury levels in some of the Florida Panhandle's wildest rivers.

A draft Department of Health fish-consumption advisory warns the public against eating largemouth bass from the Crooked River in Franklin County.

Children and women of childbearing age also are advised against eating certain fish species in the Aucilla and Chipola rivers and Equaloxic Creek in Liberty County.

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Japanese expert says mercury victims need more than money
Japanese neurologist Dr. Masazumi Harada said Tuesday that money alone will not compensate First Nations residents for losses associated with mercury contamination.

By Mike Aiken
Source: Kenora Miner and News

Japanese neurologist Dr. Masazumi Harada examines Grassy Narrows First Nation resident Wayne Land during his visit to the reserve’s clinic Sunday. The Japanese researcher has now moved to nearby Wabaseemoong to see patients there.

Japanese neurologist Dr. Masazumi Harada said Tuesday that money alone will not compensate First Nations residents for losses associated with mercury contamination.
Speaking between seeing patients at the resource centre at Wabaseemoong First Nation (Whitedog), Harada said residents will also need to rebuild their social structure, including a secure economy, medical facilities and quality of life.
"You have to consider all those things, because of the environmental destruction that affected all those things," he said.
Harada is on his third visit to the communities of Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong in Northwestern Ontario, where pollutants from the paper mill in Dryden contaminated the river system with mercury.

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Lawyers in DuPont C8 trial get more time for depositions
September 02, 2004

By Ken Ward Jr.
Staff writer
Source: The Charleston Gazette

Trial has been delayed another month in a case in which thousands of Wood County residents allege DuPont Co. poisoned their drinking water.

Jury selection will start Oct. 12, with open arguments to begin on Oct. 25, according to an order from the Wood Circuit Court.

The trial had been scheduled to begin Sept. 20.

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Why EU Law Says Food Can't Effect Your Mind?
Source: Patrick Holford

IN THIS ISSUE

* EU to rule out making health claims about food
* Proof that food can beat nutrition
* Why antioxidants can help prevent cardiovascular disease

WHY EU LAW SAYS FOOD CAN'T AFFECT YOUR MIND

Saying things like 'fish is good for your brain' may soon become illegal, if a draft EU Regulation on Health and Nutrition Claims get voted through in Brussels. This further piece of legislation has the worthy goal of making sure that health claims made about foods and food supplements are true. However, instead of allowing claims that are backed up with good science, the EU Regulation states that: "There are many factors, other than dietary ones, that can influence psychological and behavioural functions. Therefore, it is appropriate to prohibit the use of psychological and behavioural claims".

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FDA and Pfizer Link Geodon to Diabetes
Source: Cnn

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. warned doctors that the company's antipsychotic drug Geodon has been linked to extremely high blood sugar and diabetes.

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Cholesterol and the Pharmaceutical Industry's Biggest Secret
By Shane Ellison M.Sc. http://www.health-fx.net

A commonly held myth is that high cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol, is a major risk factor for heart disease (known as atherosclerosis). Thus, in a panicked attempt to prevent this pandemic killer millions of people are using cholesterol-lowering drugs. However, when we consider the scientific evidence it appears that the aforementioned myth is the antithesis.

1. With respect to women, researchers at the University San Diego School of Medicine show that no study has shown that cholesterol-lowering drugs lower overall mortality in women.

2. Researchers at the University San Diego School of Medicine UCSD also point out that high cholesterol in those over 75 years of age is protective, rather than harmful and that low cholesterol is a risk factor for heart arrhythmias (leading cause of death if heart attack occurs).

3. The European Heart Journal has published the results of a 3- year study involving 11,500 patients. Researcher Behar and associates found that in the low cholesterol group (total cholesterol below 160mg/dl) the relative risk of death was 2.27 times higher relative to those with high cholesterol. The most common cause of death in the low cholesterol group was cancer while the risk of cardiac death was the same in both groups.

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Full Body Scans Raise Cancer Risk, U.S. Study Shows
Tue Aug 31,12:07 AM ET
Source: Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who pay for whole-body X-ray scans in the hope of finding tumors at their earliest stages may, ironically, be raising their overall risk of cancer, doctors warned on Tuesday.

The scans are marketed as a way to catch cancer before symptoms begin, but the radiation from the scans themselves could cause cancer, the researchers said.

CT or computed tomography scans involve X-rays, but computer software and multiple angles produce a higher-quality image than the traditional flat X-ray.

The scans are not the same as magnetic resonance imaging or MRI scans, which do not expose the body to radiation.

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