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Ties between drugmaker, hospitals during clinical trials deplorable

Novartis Head Office
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The head office of Novartis Pharma K.K. stands in Tokyo's Nishiazabu district.
It is shocking to see how entrenched the collusive ties were between a pharmaceutical company and university hospitals during clinical testing of drugs.

An outside investigative committee commissioned by Novartis Pharma K.K. has released a report on the inappropriate involvement of Novartis employees in clinical trials of a leukemia drug produced by the drugmaker at the University of Tokyo Hospital and other medical institutions.

The report revealed that Novartis employees wrote research plans for conducting the clinical trials as well as documents explaining the trials to patients and consent forms for them to sign, showing their deep involvement in the research.

What is particularly disturbing is the fact that Novartis was aware of serious side effects from the drug but did not report them to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry - an act that could constitute a violation of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

This is inexcusable and tantamount to covering up damage done to the health of patients.

Also, Novartis' acquisition of personal information regarding all patients who participated in the clinical testing is suspected to be a violation of the Personal Information Protection Law.

After the scandal surfaced, Novartis discarded survey papers written by the patients in an attempt to destroy evidence. This is unpardonable.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Novartis for tampering with clinical trial data for a hypertension treatment drug called Diovan. After this problem surfaced, Novartis decided not to allow its employees to participate in clinical research anymore, but the employees in question continued their involvement in the trial on the leukemia drug. We must say the firm lacks ethics.

Our year of no sugar: One family's grand adventure

Once upon a time, I was healthy; at least I thought I was.

Sure, I lacked enough energy to get me through the day, but with all the commercials on TV touting energy drinks for America's tired masses, I always assumed I wasn't the only one suffering. And sure, everyone in my family dreaded the coming cold and flu season; but again, I thought come January everyone develops some degree of germophobia.

At least, that's what I thought until I heard some disturbing new information about the effects of sugar. According to several experts, sugar is the thing that is making so many Americans fat and sick. The more I thought about it the more this made sense to me - a lot of sense. One in seven Americans has metabolic syndrome. One in three Americans are obese. The rate of diabetes is skyrocketing and cardiovascular disease is America's number one killer.

According to this theory, all of these maladies and more can be traced back to one large toxic presence in our diet... sugar.

Comment: Go sugar-free! You won't regret it:

- 146 reasons why sugar destroys your health
- Eat more sugar! The truth about 'Gluten-Free' foods
- Real men don't eat carbs
- Five dangers to indulging in simple carbs
- 'Carbohydrates rot the brain': Neurologist slams grains as 'silent brain killers' - and says we should be eating a high-fat diet


Study finds aspirin does NOT prevent heart attacks following non-cardiac surgery, and in fact causes increased risk of bleeding

Aspirin does not prevent heart attacks following non-cardiac surgery but causes an increased risk of bleeding, a study of more than 10,000 patients has found.
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A related study also published in the New England Journal of Medicine found another drug, clonidine - used to treat high blood pressure and pain - also showed no benefit in preventing heart attacks after surgery. Instead it increased patients' risk of heart attack.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analysed data from patients in 23 countries who received aspirin or a placebo before surgery such as hip replacements or bowel operations.

The number of patients who had a heart attack or died within 30 days of surgery were similar in both groups, but 4.6 per cent of the aspirin group had significant bleeding after surgery compared with 3.7 per cent in the placebo group.

Melbourne anaesthetist Kate Leslie, who led the Australian part of the study, said the findings indicated that in most cases patients should stop taking aspirin before surgery.

Comment: Meet other world's greatest serial killers:

Beta-blockers killed 800,000 in 5 years - "good medicine" as mass murder
Merck's NuvaRing - Portrait of a killer


Baby suffocates in mum's sling on 10 minute Christmas Eve stroll 'to calm him down' - safety of the slings questioned

Carrying babies in slings and baby carriers has grown in popularity in recent years, with celebrity devotees including Jools Oliver, pictured with her son Buddy Bear in a Baby Bjorn baby carrier, which is designed to ensure there is no possible risk of suffocation
A baby boy died in a sling during a ten-minute walk with his mother on Christmas Eve, an inquest heard.

Eric Matthews was only five weeks old when he accidentally suffocated as his mother Marianne tried to calm him down.

The tragedy prompted the coroner to raise concerns about the safety of the slings, which have grown in popularity in recent years and have been used by celebrity mothers such as Gwyneth Paltrow.

The inquest also heard that six children have died in slings in the UK, while 16 deaths have been recorded in the US and Canada.

An emotional Mrs Matthews, attending the inquest with her 48-year-old partner Robert, said she had learned to position her child in the sling from a parenting manual, suggesting it was safest against her chest.

She issued a warning to other parents over the dangers posed by the slings, saying: 'I don't want to scaremonger but I think it isn't known about.'

Baby mattresses can release potentially toxic chemicals

The researchers say that mattresses release potentially harmful chemicals when a baby's body heat warms them.
In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of environmental engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin found that infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from crib mattresses while they sleep.

Analyzing the foam padding in crib mattresses, the team found that the mattresses release significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), potentially harmful chemicals also found in household items such as cleaners and scented sprays.

The researchers studied samples of polyurethane foam and polyester foam padding from 20 new and old crib mattresses. Graduate student Brandon Boor, in the Cockrell School's Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, conducted the study under the supervision of assistant professor Ying Xu and associate professor Atila Novoselac. Boor also worked with senior researcher Helena Järnström from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. They reported their findings in the February issue of Environmental Science & Technology.

The researchers found:
  • New crib mattresses release about four times as many VOCs as old crib mattresses.
  • Body heat increases emissions.
  • Chemical emissions are strongest in the sleeping infant's immediate breathing zone.

Frenchman dies from rabies - First human case in over 10 years

A man died on Thursday in a Paris hospital after contracting rabies in Mali, the French Health Ministry said in a statement, in the first human death from rabies in France in more than 10 years.

The rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of infected animals, is generally spread when an animal bites or comes in close contact with a human or another animal. Transmission between humans is extremely rare, although it has happened through organ transplants and bites.

"Although there does not appear to have been any direct human to human transmission, the (hospital) personnel and close family have been ... taken to an anti-rabies centre to see whether they need to be vaccinated," the statement said.

The ministry, which gave no personal details of the man, said he had been diagnosed with the disease on April 2.

Paging George Clooney...99% of all doctors agreed on cholesterol. Now it's turning out they were all wrong!

Climate alarmists like to claim there's a 97+% consensus that CO2 is driving our climate...a claim that is patently false, of course. But even if it were true, it wouldn't mean the science is settled and that they are right.

Having been on the subject of meat-diets and nutrition over the last few days, here too we have another long held belief supported by a overwhelming consensus of doctors and experts that is turning out to be completely wrong. It is the claim that cholesterol is bad for you. Data is showing the opposite is likely true.

It turns out that there's no data supporting the hypothesis that that it leads to heart disease. In fact it is being revealed that patients have been misinformed by doctors, medical associations and their governments for decades now. The consequence of this false information has been a mass pandemic of obesity along with all the killer diseases associated with it.

Note "Michael Mann" hockey stick at 25:00-minute mark...stunning parallels with climate science.

10 Myths about raw food for dogs

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The oldest-known dog on record, according to Guinness, was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and five months before it was put down in November 1939.
Today it is widely accepted processed foods are unhealthy for humans yet according to the pet food industry and those in bed with it, millions of dogs and cats are "safely' eating kibble with "no ill effects" caused by these diets. Indeed, millions of pets eat kibble, and also millions of pets fill the waiting rooms of veterinarians, bad breath and all.

These pets suffer from skin problems of all sorts, or from cancers, joint problems, heart problems, kidney problems, digestive problems ("lack of enzymes"), liver problems, pancreas problems, coat problems, tooth problems, anal gland problems, glandular disorders, allergies, and soft doughy bodies brought on by eating a grain-based, artificial, highly-processed, additive-filled food touted as "healthy" for your pet.

In reality these animals are merely existing. They are being maintained on an artificial, grain-based diets containing synthetic vitamins and minerals plus a myriad of chemical preservatives and additives - the collective effects of which have NEVER been researched.

Feeding species appropriate diet is easy and simple, unfortunately there a many misconception about raw feeding. Here are the most common myths:

Cancer, heart attacks, mental instability, and lack of conscience: Vegetarians are 'less healthy' and have a poorer quality of life than meat-eaters

Vegetarians are usually confident about the health benefits of their meat-free diets.

But new research suggests vegetarian diets are associated with poorer health and quality of life.

The study also showed that vegetarians visit their doctors more than meat eaters and that they are more prone to allergies, cancer and mental health problems.
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Vegetarians are less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters, researchers claim. Table shows the chances of suffering from different illnesses depending on diet
It showed that non-meat eaters have double the risk of allergies and a 50 per cent increased risk of heart attacks and cancer, CBS Atlanta reports.

They are also significantly more likely to experience depression and anxiety.

Comment: We are designed to thrive on fat and meat, and being a vegetarian is more than just damaging one's health. Read the following articles to learn more:
The Vegetarian Myth
Why you should think twice about vegetarian and vegan diets
Confessions of a former vegetarian
Ordering the vegetarian meal? There's more animal blood on your hands
You're a vegetarian. Have you lost your mind?
Another reason to eat meat: Vegetarian cave bear 'starved to death' during Ice Age
Going Vegetarian Poses Own Set of Potential Health Risks


The best bedroom paint colors for sleep ranked‏

We've all had those sleepless nights where you just can't get a little shut eye and you know exactly why -- maybe you had that mid-afternoon coffee a little too late in the day and your spouse's snoring has reached an unthinkable decibel. Or maybe the neighbors decided to throw a party that carried on long after your bedtime.

But what about when the cause of your tossing and turning is not so obvious? Well, according to an infographic created by Men's Health, a decor decision you made months (or even years) ago could be to blame. And the findings are pretty troubling for homeowners who went with those deep eggplant or radiant orchid color schemes in their masters.