How Vitamin C Is Administered Affects How Much Reaches the Bloodstream and May Affect the Results of Studies of Its Potential Effect on Cancer

6 April 2004 | Volume 140 Issue 7 | Page I-61
Source: Annals.org

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The summary below is from the full report titled "Vitamin C Pharmacokinetics: Implications for Oral and Intravenous Use." It is in the 6 April 2004 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 140, pages 533-537). The authors are S.J. Padayatty, H. Sun, Y. Wang, H.D. Riordan, S.M. Hewitt, A. Katz, R.A. Wesley, and M. Levine.

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Whistleblower removed from job for talking to the press
Jeanne Lenzer
Source: British Medial Journal

New York - A whistleblower who uncovered evidence that major drug companies sought to influence government officials has been removed from his job and placed on administrative leave.

Allen Jones, an investigator at the Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General (OIG), was escorted out of his workplace on 28 April and told "not to appear on OIG property" after OIG officials accused him of talking to the press. Reports of Mr Jones's findings were widely reported in the New York Times, BMJ (7 February, p 306), and elsewhere.

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Parents, Doctors At Odds On Autism
Report One Attempt To Answer Question

May 15, 2004
By JOHN A. MacDONALD, Courant Staff Writer
Souce: ctnow.com News

WASHINGTON -- Lyn Redwood's son Will was a happy baby who "ate, slept well, smiled, cooed, walked and talked, all by 1 year," his mother recalls.

But shortly after his 1st birthday, Will unexpectedly developed several infections, stopped talking, lost eye contact and suffered intermittent bouts of diarrhea. He ultimately was diagnosed as having a form of autism, a severe neurological disorder.

A couple of years later, his mother read a report that said children who received vaccines containing thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, could have been exposed to more mercury than federal guidelines recommend. Since then, Redwood has been convinced that the vaccines Will received five years ago led to his autism, and that the federal government is ignoring the vaccine-autism issue.

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Families in autism link claims fear legal ‘threat’
DAMIEN HENDERSON
May 14 2004
Source: The Herald

SCOTTISH families claiming the MMR triple vaccine has caused autism in their children have accused Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, of trying to intimidate them into dropping compensation claims.
The company has given claimants until today to abandon legal action or face potentially crippling costs. The move comes after legal aid worth £10m was refused last year.

A letter sent to more than 500 families on April 29 by Lovells, Merck's solicitor, asked the families if they wished to continue the action.

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Pharmaceutical Industry
Drug company experts advised staff to withhold data about SSRI use in children
Wayne Kondro
Source: Canadian Medical Association

Ottawa - An internal document advised staff at the international drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to withhold clinical trial findings in 1998 that indicated the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil in North America and Seroxat in the UK) had no beneficial effect in treating adolescents.

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How Could Drug Companies be so Evil?

 By Dr. Joseph Mercola

According to the first comprehensive scientific review to include all available studies, including negative data that have long been withheld from public scrutiny by the pharmaceutical industry, four popular antidepressants being used to treat thousands of depressed American children are unsafe, ineffective or both. Those antidepressants are:

• Paxil
• Zoloft
• Effexor
• Celexa

This is damning evidence of the drug companies' patent disregard for the safety of humans and focus on profits. GlaxoSmithKline was found to be concealing evidence that shows that these drugs do not benefit children in any way and only increase their risk of killing themselves. This was confirmed in an article in the Canadian Medical Journal.

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Keep your skin looking young without going under the knife

By Lisa Marshall
Scripps Howard News Service
Source: The Marion Star

It happens to all of us.

One day, often sometime after that 30th birthday, we look in the mirror and notice that smooth, supple baby skin of our youth is slipping away, replaced by a looser, dryer, perhaps more wrinkled image.

For those who cringe at the thought of Botox injections or plastic surgery, there is hope, say a growing number of skin care experts -- younger-looking skin can be had fairly quickly without going under the knife or needle.

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Is it safe to put mercury into vaccines?

Ian Sample
Thursday March 18, 2004
Source: The Guardian

It appears so, although the waters were muddied this week by reports describing work by Mark Geier, a scientist who runs a private institution, the Genetic Centres of America, from his home in Maryland. Geier claimed that babies given a mercury-containing triple vaccine to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough, were six times more likely to develop autism than those given a mercury-free alternative.

Mercury, in the form of a compound called thiomersal, has been added to a handful of different vaccines since the 1930s to prevent them from spoiling. While thiomersal is mostly found in combined diphtheria and tetanus vaccines, it is not added to MMR, polio or the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis.

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Report promotes benefits of breast-feeding
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Source: Cantonrep.com

By Rob Stein The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Breast-feeding appears to reduce significantly the chances that babies will die in their first year of life, researchers have reported.

An analysis of a nationally representative sample of about 9,000 U.S. babies found that breast-feeding decreased the risk of dying from any cause by about 20 percent, the researchers reported.

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Pfizer loses to whistleblower
15.05.2004
Source: New Zealand News

Microbiologist David Franklin said conscience made him blow the whistle on Pfizer's Warner-Lambert unit over promoting the epilepsy drug Neurontin for off-label uses, including hiccups. His reward will be about US$26 million ($43 million).

"I actually had training for it," said Franklin, 42, in a press conference in Boston after Warner-Lambert agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges that it misbranded the medication. "It was ridiculous."

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