3-Yr-Old Girl Gets Paralysed By Polio Vaccine
Source: AllAfrica.com

Weekly Trust (Kaduna)

March 20, 2004
Posted to the web March 22, 2004

Jamilah Nuhu Musa
Kano

In the face of the raging controversy surrounding the polio immunisation, another evidence that tends to cast more doubt on the efficacy of the vaccine has emerged. A three-year-old girl, Aisha Bashir M. Tukur in Kano State has paralysis of both the upper and lower limbs. Series of tests and researches by medical experts in the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital and the Orthopedic Hospital, Kano indicated that she had been infected by the 'Gullen base Syndrome'.

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Presse Med. 2004 Feb 14;33(3):170-1.

Scurvy in intensive care despite vitamin supplementation
Source: Pub Med

Perret JL, Lagauche D, Favier JC, Rey P, Bigois L, Adam F.

Federation de medecine, HIA Legoust, Metz-Armee. Jlucperret@infonie.fr

INTRODUCTION: Scurvy can occur in hospitalized patients despite vitamin supplementation. OBSERVATION: A 63 Year-old patient who had spent several weeks in intensive care developed an unexplained anemia and ecchymoses. Despite daily administration of 130 mg/day of vitamin C since his admission, his ascorbic acid blood levels had collapsed. Administration of 1g/day relieved the symptoms within four weeks.

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Medicare's Magical Movie Shocks Washington: Andrew Ferguson
Source: Bloomberg Columnists
Andrew Ferguson is a columnist for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.

March 23 (Bloomberg) -- Last week, as the debate in Washington over the federal government's Medicare program took surreal and unexpected turns, I happened to be reading "Things Worth Fighting For,'' a posthumous collection of articles by the great journalist Michael Kelly, who was killed a year ago at the dawn of the Iraq war.

I was delighted to discover the following passage, which I adorned with little exclamation points and smiley faces.

Nowadays, Kelly wrote, "politics is not about objective reality, but virtual reality. What happens in the political world is divorced from the real world. It exists for only the fleeting historical moment, in a magical movie of sorts, a never-ending and infinitely revisable docudrama. Strangely, the faithful understand that the movie is not true -- yet also maintain that it is the only truth that really matters.''

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Millions 'lacking key vitamins'

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Millions 'lacking key vitamins'
Source: BBC News

Vitamins can affect IQ
One in three people around the world is not getting enough vitamins and minerals, a report suggests.

Officials say it is preventing millions of people from meeting their physical and intellectual potential.

The report, by Unicef and The Micronutrient Initiative, calls for urgent action to tackle the problem.

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Statin Drugs: The Ultimate Manifestation of Anti-Cholesterol Stupidity?
Source: The Omnivore
By Anthony Colpo, March 14, 2004.

The last decade has seen a rapid rise in the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Last week, media reports hailed the results of a new study as “proof” that doctors should more aggressively pursue cholesterol-lowering in CHD patients by using even higher dosages of statin drugs. While they might be hailed as “miracle drugs” by the establishment, statins have been shown to cause muscle damage, liver dysfunction, fatigue, impaired mental function, and may even contribute to heart failure and cancer. In this article we will learn why statins are anything but “miraculous”. Before we do that though, let’s take a quick journey back in time to learn about the plight of “Acirema”…


Once upon a time, (the late fifties, actually) there existed a prosperous kingdom known as Acirema. Although blessed in many ways, Acirema was unfortunately troubled by very high rates of coronary heart disease (CHD). In response to growing concern throughout the kingdom, the King of Acirema promised the people that he would find a cure for this terrible ailment.

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Nigerian state thwarts polio push

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Nigerian state thwarts polio push
Source: News Bbc

A national polio immunisation campaign is due to resume in Nigeria, but one northern state is refusing to join in.

Kano opted out of a drive last year, when some Islamic leaders said it was part of a western plot to render Muslim women infertile.

Last week the government announced that the oral vaccine, promoted by the United Nations, was safe to use.

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GMO Contamination: Who Pays?

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GMO Contamination: Who Pays? (03/22/2004)

In the ongoing debate over biotechnology in the U.S., one key question has yet to be answered: Who is responsible when genetically engineered crops contaminate a non-GE field? In this story, farmers, farm groups, the biotech and organic industries, and other agriculture experts weigh in on GMO liability.

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Antidepressants May Cause Depression and Suicidality

Yael Waknine

March 22, 2004 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked manufacturers of the several antidepressant drugs to include in their labeling a warning statement that recommends close observation of adult and pediatric patients treated with their agents for worsening depression or the emergence of suicidality

The antidepressant drugs are fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine (Luvox), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), buproprion (Wellbutrin), venlafaxine (Effexor), nefazodone (Serzone), and mirtazapine (Remeron).

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FDA urges caution on Prozac

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Doctors are told to watch anti-depressant patients for suicidal thoughts; Stronger warning labels advised

The Food and Drug Administration told doctors yesterday to carefully monitor patients on 10 popular anti-depressants for suicidal thoughts and asked manufacturers to add the warning to drug labels.

The FDA's public health advisory stopped short of saying the drugs can actually increase depression or lead to suicidal thoughts. But it advised doctors to monitor both adults and children for those symptoms, as well as possible side effects - including hostility, anxiety and severe restlessness - that could be precursors to suicide.

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USA: FDA issues advisory on mercury in fish

22 Mar 2004

Source: just-food.com

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have advised women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to limit their intake of certain fish.

The FDA and EPA said that such at-risk groups should not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.


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