Antidepressants and the Risk of Suicidal Behaviors
Vol. 292 No. 3, July 21, 2004

Hershel Jick, MD; James A. Kaye, MD, DrPH; Susan S. Jick, DSc

Source: JAMA. 2004;292:338-343.

Context  The relation between use of antidepressants, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and suicidal ideation and behaviors has received considerable public attention recently. The use of such drugs among teenagers has been of particular concern.

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BANGKOK AIDS CONFERENCE NOT LIVING UP TO ITS BILLING.

By Marcel Girodian
Source: AltHeal.org

The XV International Aids Conference in Bangkok has the noble theme, "Access For All." According to the conference promoters, "we will ensure that all voices, all experiences and all concerns are represented." Unfortunately the truth falls short of the hype. All voices are not being represented, and access for all is not being granted, with regard to some very fundamental and critical issues.

Let's take the issue of HIV testing. In the US, most of Europe and Australia, a person is not considered HIV infected until a minimum of two criteria have been satisfied--testing positive first to a screening test, which is usually an ELISA test, and then to a confirmatory test, which is almost always the Western Blot. In the US, in fact, if the ELISA is positive, it is usually repeated, then if positive again the Western Blot is run. And if that's positive, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the entire set of tests be run again, on a new blood sample, to reduce the chances that the tests could be reacting to one of the over 70 common conditions that are documented to cause false positives.

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Call for more veg oil car fuel

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Call for more veg oil car fuel
Monday, 19 July, 2004
Source: BBC NEWS

All filling stations in Cornwall should sell fuel based on vegetable oils says the renewable energy agency for the South west.

Regen South West wants the Department of Transport to make all oil companies provide at least 5% of their fuel from plants.

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Gulf war veteran blames vaccines
Monday, 19 July, 2004, 21:00 GMT 22:00 UK
Source: BBC NEWS

A Gulf war veteran has blamed a cocktail of vaccines for harming his health during the 1991 conflict.

Richard Turnbull, 52, from North Wales told the Gulf War Illnesses Inquiry in London the treatment affected his breathing and caused chest pains.

In 10 minutes he received vaccines including plague and anthrax, malaria and nerve agent pre-treatment tablets.

The independent inquiry is examining the conditions which veterans say afflicted them on their return.

Complaints by ex-servicemen include mood swings, memory loss, lack of concentration, night sweats, general fatigue, sexual problems, sensitivity to chemicals and cancerous tumours.

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Concern Unfounded About Damage From Vitamin C
Source:  Oregon State University
From: ScienceDaily.com

CORVALLIS, Ore. - An extensive review of research on potentially harmful effects of vitamin C supplementation has largely put to rest concerns that it may have damaging "pro-oxidant" effects in the human body, a question that had been raised by some laboratory studies in recent years.

The new report by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University will be published in June in the FASEB Journal, a professional publication of the Federation of the American Society of Experimental Biology.

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Study Shows Vitamins C And E Can Prevent Metabolic Damaage In Extreme Exercise
Original Source:  Oregon State University
From: ScienceDaily.com
Date:  2004-07-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A new study by researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found that ultramarathon runners who used supplements of vitamins C and E for six weeks prior to their races totally prevented the increase in lipid oxidation that is otherwise associated with extreme exercise.

The type of metabolic damage observed in these runners is also often found after heart attacks, strokes, surgery and other traumas, the report noted, and the researchers say this study provides more evidence for the value of vitamin E supplementation as an antioxidant that, at the least, can help prevent damaging lipid oxidation and some of the health concerns associated with it.

The study was just published in a professional journal, Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

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Pretty Boy Fraud and Diet Coke
July 20, 2004
Source:  WorldNetDaily.com

I thought it was ironic when I heard about John Edwards being hooked on Diet Coke.

The man I've dubbed "Pretty Boy Fraud" made his ill-gotten fortune shaking down doctors and hospitals for causing cerebral palsy in children through delivery-room practices.

There is no scientific link between delivery practices and cerebral palsy.

There is, however, a growing body of scientific evidence linking cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other kinds of brain damage to diet soft drinks.

Way back in 1987, United Press International produced a stunning three-part investigative report on aspartame, the generic name for the artificial sweetener of choice in most soft drinks and diet foods today.


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Bush's 'sound science'
Turning a deaf ear to reality

By David Schubert
July 9, 2004
Source: The San Diego Union Tribune

The foundation of our modern society and its continued existence is dependent upon our scientific understanding of the world around us.

During the last three years, we have witnessed an unprecedented assault by the executive branch of our government upon the ability of U.S. scientists to freely share their data and insights about our world with the public. Much of the justification for this repression of scientific communication falls under the Orwellian concept of "sound science," which is clearly understood by the scientific community to mean the misrepresentation of scientific data to reflect the administration's political and social agendas.

This political manipulation of U.S. science began well below the level of public awareness within days after the current administration took office. Highly respected scientists on dozens of advisory committees were replaced with individuals who promote "sound science" as defined by industry and the religious right.

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Most experts who promote cholesterol lowering drugs have made money from producers
17 Jul 2004
Source: Medical News Today

Most of the experts who tell us to take cholesterol lowering drugs have made money from pharmaceutical companies that produce them, say consumer groups.

Cholesterol lowering drugs sell well – a whopping $26 billion around the world in 2003. This year the figure is expected to be much higher. They are the best selling drugs on the market today.

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Groups blast new cholesterol guidelines over conflict of interest
LINDA A. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
Friday, July 16, 2004
Source: SFGate.com

(07-16) 17:17 PDT TRENTON, N.J. (AP) --

Most of the heart disease experts who urged more people to take cholesterol-lowering drugs this week have made money from the companies selling those medicines.

Consumer groups on Friday blasted the new cholesterol guidelines as being tainted by the influence of major pharmaceuticals that make blockbusters such as Lipitor and Pravachol. Last year, drug makers earned $26 billion worldwide on cholesterol-lowering medicines, the top-selling class of drugs.

The new guidelines issued Monday by the American Heart Association and the federal government were aimed at preventing heart attacks. They were written by nine of the country's top cholesterol experts. All but one have received consulting or speaking fees, research money or other support from makers of the most widely used anti-cholesterol drugs.

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