Vol. 61 No. 6, June 2004

Atorvastatin Decreases the Coenzyme Q10 Level in the Blood of Patients at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
Tatjana Rundek, MD; Ali Naini, PhD; Ralph Sacco, MD; Kristen Coates, MS; Salvatore DiMauro, MD

Source: JAMA - Archives of Neurology. 2004;61:889-892.

Background  Statins (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors) are widely used for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and coronary heart disease and for the prevention of stroke. There have been various adverse effects, most commonly affecting muscle and ranging from myalgia to rhabdomyolysis. These adverse effects may be due to a coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiency because inhibition of cholesterol biosynthesis also inhibits the synthesis of CoQ10.

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Vaccines may increase virulence

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Vaccines may increase virulence
22 June 2004

HELEN PEARSON
Source: Nature.com

Vaccines against malaria could cause the parasite to develop more vicious strains. But experts warn that the finding should not detract from the urgent hunt for a jab.

Malaria is caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which is injected into humans by mosquitoes. Over a dozen clinical trials are in progress for possible vaccines against the deadly disease. Most of these jabs create conditions in which, although the parasites can still infect people, the immune system slows their multiplication so they do not cause disease.

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Health Canada Is advising Canadians about a possible association between Crestor® and rhabdomyolysis
June 21, 2004
For immediate release
Source: Health Canada

OTTAWA -Health Canada is advising Canadians about a possible association between the cholesterol lowering drug Crestor®, and a serious condition called rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that results in muscle breakdown and the release of muscle cell contents into the bloodstream. Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include muscle pain, weakness, tenderness, fever, dark urine, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, rhabdomyolysis can result in kidney failure and can be life-threatening.

Rhabdomyolysis has also been reported with other cholesterol lowering drugs in the "statin" family. "Statins" are a specific type of cholesterol lowering medication. Between February 2003 and June 2004 there have been eight cases of rhabdomyolysis reported in Canadian patients taking Crestor®. In five of those cases the patients were taking the maximum recommended dose (40 mg) of the drug, in two cases the patients were taking the lowest recommended starting dosage (10 mg) and in the remaining case, the dosage was not stated. All of the Canadian reported cases were associated with predisposing risk factors, and no deaths have been reported.

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Fluoride anger in council
Wednesday, 23 June 2004
Souce: Port Macquarie

A PUSH for further information about the potential adverse impact of adding fluoride to drinking water was defeated at Monday's Hastings Council.

Cr Lisa Intemann raised the notice of motion that as a matter of urgency, a report be brought back to the council on the potential adverse effect of adding fluoride to drinking water supplies, on the long-term efficiency and effectiveness of the council's sewerage treatment systems.

The report was also to cover the status of fluoride as a water pollutant in the general environment.

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Health News, India: Fluoride in water takes its toll in Assam (FEATURE)
23-June-2004
Source: Kerala News

Guwahati, It is colourless, odourless and is wreaking havoc on hundreds of thousands of people in Assam.

Like 46-year-old Gita Deb of Tekelangjun village in Karbi Anglong district for whom life is an endless odyssey of pain. She's been bedridden for seven years, wracked by perennial body pain after she contracted skeletal fluorosis, a water-borne disease caused by excess fluoride in drinking water.

Her son, a Class 6 student, is already showing signs of dental fluorosis, reports Grassroots Feature Network.

Gita's husband has been left to look after his ailing family, helpless in the face of the painful disease that creeps in through drinking water.

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Opposition to Mercury Ban Waning
A state Senate panel will vote on whether to make illegal the addition of a preservative in vaccines given to expectant mothers and infants.
  
By Myron Levin, Times Staff Writer
June 23, 2004
Source: Los Angeles Times

A bill to ban mercury from vaccines administered to infants and pregnant women faces a key test today in the state Senate, where resistance by prominent physicians' groups appears to be weakening.

The bill by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) would make it illegal to administer to expectant mothers or children younger than 3 shots containing more than trace amounts of thimerosal, a mercury-laced preservative used in some vaccines to prevent bacterial growth. Approved last month in the state Assembly by a 49-22 vote, the ban would take effect in 2006.
 
The bill is scheduled for a hearing and vote this afternoon in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, amid signs that doctors' groups are wavering in their opposition.

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Tom Cruise Opens Rescue Workers Detox Clinic
By Margaret Whitely

(Exclusive to Anton Newspapers)

Tom Cruise, the well-known actor, has consistently pledged his support to the many rescue workers who are suffering the effects of the toxic assault on the nervous system, and lungs associated with the cleanup of Ground Zero as a result of the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11 on the World Trade Center.

Cruise, working with many of the doctors involved in the project, and along with firefigher Joe Higgins, opened a facility in New York that utilizes one of the only treatments that has had a positive effect on these victims that is helping to restore them to their former lifestyle. It is a treatment devised by L. Ron Hubbard and described in the book Clean Body, Clear Mind. The treatment consists of a medically monitored regimen of exercise, sauna sweat-out, vitamins and minerals, and heavy doses of Niacin, to cleanse the body of toxic residues and a heart healthy diet.

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Mercury and human health

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Mercury and human health
22 Jun 2004
Source: Medical News Today

Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is present throughout the environment. Human activity can release some of that mercury into the air, water and soil. In the U.S., coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of mercury emissions to the air.

When liquid mercury is spilled, it forms droplets that can accumulate in the tiniest of spaces and then emit vapors into the air. Health problems caused by mercury depend on how much has entered your body, how it entered your body, how long you have been exposed to it, and how your body responds to the mercury. All mercury spills, regardless of quantity, should be treated seriously.

Mercury concentrations in air are usually low and of little direct concern. But when mercury enters water, biological processes transform it to a highly toxic form that builds up in fish and animals that eat fish. People are exposed to mercury primarily by eating fish.

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Arizona State University Researchers Find Scurvy Is Serious Health Problem
Provided by AScribe Newswire on 6/18/2004
by Arizona State University
Source: Healthy News

TEMPE, Ariz., June 3 (AScribe Newswire) -- Researchers at Arizona State University have found that scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency historically associated with pirates and pioneers, is once again a serious problem that health care experts need to address in the United States.

In an examination of vitamin C deficiency and depletion among U.S. males and females, ASU researchers Carol Johnston and Jeffrey Hampl found that "a considerable number of U.S. children and adults are deficient or depleted in vitamin C."

Johnston, ASU professor of nutrition, and Hampl, ASU associate professor of nutrition, report their findings in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

The researchers' findings show that six to 17 percent of males and five to 12 percent of females in the study had vitamin C deficiency. Fifteen to 23 percent of males and 13 to 20 percent of females suffered from vitamin C depletion.

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82 Million in U.S. Lacked Health Insurance -Study
June 16, 2004
Source: Lycos News

By Joan Gralla

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Almost 82 million people in the United States or one in three under age 65 had no health insurance for at least one month in the past two years, a study by a consumer group said on Wednesday.

Nearly two-thirds of those people had no insurance for at least six months during 2002 and 2003, and just over half went without benefits for at least nine months, according to the study by Washington-based Families USA.

Many of the uninsured had middle-class incomes and live in presidential battleground states where a pollster said voters' fears of losing their health benefits could tip the balance.

"The growing number of Americans without health insurance is now a phenomenon that significantly affects middle-class and working families," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA.

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