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November 1, 2015

by Arjun Walia.

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It seems as if it was yesterday when the masses were completely unaware of the concerns being raised by a number of internationally recognized scientists regarding Genetically Modified Foods (GM). Now, dozens of countries in Europe have completely banned or have severe restrictions on GMOs, which includes the pesticides that go along with them. In fact, 19 new countries in Europe recently banned the growing of Genetically Modified foods in their countries, citing a number of health and environmental concerns. You can read more about that here.

The Difference Between Organic Food & Conventional Food

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic farms and processors must not use any genetically modified ingredients. This means that organic farmers can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO feed, an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients, and so on. Farmers and processors must show that they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances from farm to table. In order for something to qualify as organic, it must also be free from most synthetic materials, like pesticides and antibiotics. (source)(source)

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New vaccination strategy stirs controversy in Italy

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New vaccination strategy stirs controversy in Italy


A government plan to boost vaccination rates and introduce a series of new vaccines in Italy has triggered protests from doctors and some public health experts. The National Vaccination Plan for 2016–18 (PNPV) would instantly make Italy a European frontrunner in vaccination, but experts have questioned the need for several of the vaccines, and some suspect the hand of industry behind the government's new enthusiasm. Meanwhile, physicians worry about provisions in the PNPV that might punish them if they don't fully cooperate.
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The flu vaccine may have a worrisome problem that US scientists can't fix

The US government is unwavering in its support of the annual flu vaccine.

"The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, says in bold letters on its website.

But researchers are concerned about what appears to be a troubling trend. Repeated vaccinations against the flu might make the newest shot less effective than the last, Helen Branswell reports at Stat.

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Toddler temperament could be influenced by different types of gut bacteria


Date: May 27, 2015
Source: Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Summary: The microbiome of a toddler's gut may influence their behavior, a new study suggests. Scientists found correlations between temperament and the presence of specific types of intestinal bacteria in both girls and boys. The researchers aren't looking for a way to help parents modify the 'terrible twos,' but for clues about how - and where - chronic illnesses like obesity, asthma, allergies and bowel diseases start.
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Lyrica Fails in Nerve Pain Study

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Lyrica Fails in Nerve Pain Study

By Pat Anson, Editor

Lyrica was originally marketed as an anti-seizure medication for epilepsy, although that’s never stopped Pfizer from looking for new ways to have doctors prescribe its blockbuster drug -- for everything from anxiety to shingles to fibromyalgia.

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Pharmaceutical industry, under scrutiny for prices, has history of big political wins


Soaring drug prices already had customers unhappy. The pharmaceutical industry hardly needed a new poster boy to add volume and passion to the complaints.

But that’s just what it got last week when Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made a name for himself after he hiked the price of a drug for AIDS and cancer patients by more than 4,000 percent. Now, some lawmakers are scrutinizing another company, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, for increasing the price of two heart drugs this year.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, have both released plans for lowering prescription drug prices.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, acutely aware of its image problem – 72 percent of Americans say prescription drug costs are unreasonable, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll – promptly distanced itself from Turing (whose CEO has now said he will lower the price of Daraprim, the drug involved in the controversy). And the powerful industry trade group itself is in reboot mode with a new president and CEO, Stephen Ubl.

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Many doctors discouraging HPV vaccination, study finds

Vaccination against human papillomavirus is deemed crucial for protection against certain cancers, but some parents choose not to get their child vaccinated against the virus. Now, a new study suggests the decision to avoid vaccination may largely be down to discouragement from doctors.

Study author Melissa B. Gilkey, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute in Boston, MA, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of over 150 viruses, of which more than 40 can infect the genital areas of men and women. These include HPV types 16 and 18, which are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases worldwide and can also cause anal, penile and some oropharyngeal cancers.

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Chronic Symptoms After HPV Vaccination: Danes Start Study

Sosia Chustecka

Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/854469#vp_4

The controversies surrounding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and a possible association with chronic symptoms in girls and young women appear to be ongoing, despite a recent major review that dismissed the link.

Last week, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that a task force found no causality between the vaccination and two sets of chronic symptom syndromes in girls and young women, which echoes previous reassurances from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Now, some clinicians and scientists say the EMA report is "not valid" and is marred by conflict of interest and reliance on already published data and are calling for an independent study of the association.

Perhaps even more notably, Denmark has announced that it is conducting its own independent investigation. More than 1300 girls and young women with such symptoms have been referred to five specialist centers in the country.

It was Denmark that requested the recent review by the EMA into the safety of HPV vaccines. That review, which began in July, focused in particular at reports of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a chronic pain condition affecting the limbs, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a condition in which the heart rate increases abnormally after sitting or standing up, causing symptoms such as dizziness and fainting, as well as headache, chest pain, and weakness.

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The Legal Drug That Kills More People Than Heroin

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The Legal Drug That Kills More People Than Heroin

Since Nixon declared a “war on drugs” during a speech in 1971 drug policy has been dominated by a certain style of aggressive tactics and rhetoric to curb recreational drug-use, arguably driven less by science and statistics and more by economics and emotion. Last year, over $51 billion (£34 billion) was spent towards this cause in the U.S. alone.

This graph from Business Insider, below, shows the rates of overdose deaths in America from 1999 to 2013, giving an insight into how unsuccessful, if not counterintuitive, this initiative has become.

Since 1999, America has seen rising rates of fatal heroin, cocaine and opioid overdoses, with an estimated 300,000 more people addicted to heroin today than a decade ago. This increase in use can largely explain the rise in deaths caused by the drug, which is closely linked to the growth of prescription opioid abuse. While cocaine overdoses have dropped since 2006, they still remain higher in 2013 than they were 14 years previously.

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Research raises questions over ADHD drug effects

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Research raises questions over ADHD drug effects

Researchers voiced concern on Wednesday about poor quality studies on the popular ADHD treatment Ritalin, saying evidence of some benefits, but also of sleep problems and appetite loss, suggests the drug should be prescribed with caution.

Ritalin is sold by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis NOVN.VX, known generically as methylphenidate and also sold under the brand names Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym. It has been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)for more than 50 years.

The Cochrane Review researchers, who conducted a full assessment of studies on the benefits and harms of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drug, said evidence on its use in children was poor.

"Our expectations of this treatment are probably greater than they should be," said Morris Zwi, a London-based consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, who worked on the review.


Read more at Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/25/us-health-adhd-ritalin-idUSKBN0TE01320151125#LigkTRWhgBfFUpBU.99
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