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Vaccine/Autism Link

Reporter: Shannon Samson
Source: 14wfie.com

A comprehensive new study from the Institute of Medicine says there is no evidence that childhood vaccinations cause the brain disorder autism.

While that settles the long-standing controversy for many scientists, some parents aren't so convinced and want more research to be done.

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Aspirin changes sexual behaviour of rats lowers their libido later in life
24 May 2004   
Source: Medical News Today

Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs given to newborn rats change their sexual behaviour later in life. The drugs interfere with the brain's sex-specific development, suggesting that they may also affect equivalent mechanisms in humans.

In theory, mothers taking so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might pass on high levels to their baby via the placenta. The list of NSAIDs includes paracetamol (tylenol), aspirin and indomethacin (indocin), which prevents premature labour.

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Folic acid good against birth defects
Lowers neural tube defect risks.

Source: NPIcenter.com

24/05/2004 Only about 25 per cent of women in many countries voluntarily take folic acid tablets before conception, says a University of Toronto researcher.

Dr. Joel Ray, along with fellow researchers Gita Singh of McMaster University in Hamilton and Robert Burrows of Monash University in Australia, reviewed nearly 50 studies conducted in about 20 countries between 1992 and 2001. Their findings are published in the May 2004 edition of BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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VITAMIN E & CANCER

May 24, 2004
by Robert A. Wascher, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Source: MensNewsDaily.com

In theory, vitamins and other nutrients with antioxidant activity might be able to reduce the incidence of both cancer and cardiovascular disease.  Free radicals in our bodies are unstable atoms or molecules formed by normal metabolic chemical reactions.  These substances are highly reactive against other atoms and molecules in the body, and are capable of causing damage to DNA, proteins, and fats throughout the body.  Cellular damage caused by circulating free radicals in the body have been linked to many of the effects of aging, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other serious illnesses.  For many years, nutrients with antioxidant properties, including vitamins E, C, and beta-carotene, have been studied as possible weapons against the harmful effects of free radicals.  Unfortunately, the scientific evidence for any beneficial effect of large doses of these—and other—antioxidant nutrients is, at best, limited and contradictory.  Multiple studies have looked at the impact of antioxidant vitamins on the incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and most have shown no significant benefit.  One such study suggested that active smokers who take beta-carotene supplements may actually experience an increase in the risk of developing lung cancer.

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Hospital death toll alarming
By KRISTEN ENEVOLD, CALGARY SUN
Source: The Calgary Sun

Thousands of hospitalized Canadians have needlessly died because of what the medical community calls "adverse events," authors of a first-time national study have revealed. And the figures are troubling, Calgary Health Region officials admit.

"Certainly, there's work that needs to be done in patient-safety areas, and I think studies like this are going to help focus our attention and efforts on patient safety -- there's progress to be made here," said Jack Davis, CHR president and CEO. "Canada does compare favourably on patient safety rates, compared with other countries."

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OTC statins criticised by the Lancet UK
24 May 2004   
Source: Medical News Today

The UK government is 'privatising the prevention of heart disease' by allowing over-the-counter sales of statins, a leading medical journal has claimed.

The Lancet said in an editorial there was insufficient clinical data to justify self-medication with the drugs, which are widely used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Durbin, Clinton, Waxman, Dingle Need to Read The Washington Post, Says Project: FANS; Vitamin D Article Illustrates How Vitamins, Nutritional Supplement

Mon May 24,12:55 PM ET
Sorce: NPIcenter.com

To: National Desk, Health Reporter

Contact: Joe Giganti, 703-928-9695, for Project: FANS, Joe@VeritasMediaGroup.com Web: http://www.ProjectFANS.org

WASHINGTON, May 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Project: FANS -- a grassroots organization formed to protect American's access to vitamins and nutritional supplements-is pleased by a recent front-page story in The Washington Post (5/21/04) that clearly illustrates the vital role that nutritional supplements can and do play in the improved health of America's children and adults alike.

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Water Pills Increase Diabetes Risk in Major Study
Fri May 21, 5:37 PM ET
Source: Yahoo News

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a major study of blood pressure drugs, patients treated with water pills, or "diuretics," were at increased risk of developing diabetes, according to research presented here at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension.

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The Business, 16/17 May 2004, pp 1 and 4,

HIV diagnosis: a ludicrous case of circular reasoning

The concluding part of our investigation into a global healthcare scandal

Is the way we test for HIV more harmful than the disease itself?

by Neville Hodgkinson

FROM the start HIV tests had severe limitations. But these were disregarded, and their widespread use rapidly led to the idea that hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of Africans are infected. Now a group of scientists based in Perth, western Australia, has claimed that no HIV test kit is capable of showing a person to be infected. Legal challenges are being mounted in the United States and France by people diagnosed as HIV-positive and told they would die from Aids. They remain healthy.

As long ago as 1986, Dr Thomas Zuck, a scientist with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the first test kits, using a technology called Elisa, were intended to screen blood donations – not to screen people at risk from Aids. He admitted that use had spread beyond the original intention but told a World Health Organisation meeting that it was “simply not practical” to stop it.

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The Business 9/10 May 2004 (p1, turning to p6)

Why an HIV test may not provide proof positive at all

The critical flaws in the methods we use to detect the killer virus

By Neville Hodgkinson

Legal challenges to the validity of the HIV test, whose introduction 20 years ago led to the belief that millions of people are infected with a virus that will eventually cause them to die of Aids, are being mounted in the United States and France. In both cases, plaintiffs are citing the work of a group of scientists based in Perth, Western Australia, which has published evidence that contrary to widespread medical belief, none of the HIV test kits is capable of showing a person to be infected.

In Kansas, Calypte Biomedical Corporation (CBC) and Roche Diagnostics, two test kit manufacturers, are being sued for damages under that state’s Consumer Protection Act. In court papers filed on April 12, Kim Bannon says that 12 years ago, during routine medical testing, she was diagnosed “indisputably” HIV-infected at Kansas University School of Medicine. She was told that she would develop Aids within five to seven years and die soon afterwards.

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