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Tamiflu Study in Japan Yields Few Answers

A Tamiflu study done in Japan has not eased doubts about the flu drug's safety and possible side effects. Over half of all influenza patients in Japan exhibiting abnormal behaviors had taken the drug Tamiflu; however, it is still not clear if there was a causal link between the drug Tamiflu and their actions, a government report showed on Monday. Japan is investigating whether there is any link between Tamiflu, made by Roche Holding AG, and neuropsychiatric problems after more than 100 people, mostly young people, exhibited erratic behaviors after taking the drug, such as jumping from buildings. There have been a total of eight cases of death after abnormal or possibly abnormal behavior. The Health Ministry report indicated that of the 137 patients who had shown abnormal behavior, 82 had taken Tamiflu, while 52 had not.


Tamiflu Linked to 'Abnormal Behavior' in Children, Label Changes Sought

Tamiflu, a drug used to treat the flu, has been linked to abnormal behavior and other brain side effects in more than 50 children in the United States, and tomorrow a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel will meet to discuss what should be done about these dangerous Tamiflu side effects. Last Friday, a report prepared by FDA staffers recommended that new warnings be placed on the label of Tamiflu regarding such side effects. The FDA report also recommended new warnings for Relenza, another anti-flu drug.


How moods affect our health

Smiling, laughing and feeling thankful doesn't just make you a better person to be around -- it makes you a healthier one too.

That Mood Ring Could Save Your Life.


Got the flu? Blame the sun

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Influenza epidemics are more likely to sweep the globe when the sun develops spots and sends its excess energy barreling toward Earth, according to Canadian researchers.


Disturbing! Fish-Flavored Fish

As stocks of ocean-caught fish dwindle in the face of overfishing and environmental changes, farmed fish has flooded the market, helping to meet our growing appetite for seafood. But one sector of the seafood industry has remained elusive. Fast-food restaurants, which serve hundreds of millions of deep-fried-fish sandwiches every year, have always chosen wild species over farmed ones, because the flavor is better.

Life Preserver

Study shows psychotherapy useful in treating post-traumatic stress disorder in early stages

When treated within a month, survivors of a psychologically traumatic event improved significantly with psychotherapy, according to a new study presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annual meeting.

Lead researcher and ACNP member Arieh Shalev, M.D., Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and founding Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, studied 248 adults with early symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event that had occurred no more than four weeks earlier. His goal was to determine which forms of treatment given soon after the traumatic event can prevent the development of chronic PTSD. Officially, PTSD cannot be diagnosed until four weeks after a traumatic event. However, symptoms that occur before four weeks often persist, and effective early intervention may prevent subsequent trauma-related suffering.


Hidden Risks Muddy Debate on Hand-Washing

Recent intense media scrutiny including hidden camera video in Canadian hospitals has exposed an alarming truth: there is a shocking lack of diligence among the general public, many visitors to health-care facilities and, most disturbingly, the majority of doctors and other health-care workers with respect to frequent and effective hand-washing.

But as the U.S.'s National Handwashing Week drew to a close this past weekend, two recent studies are drawing attention to some previously unknown hidden health risks associated with increasingly vigorous and frequent hand-washing, with newer, chemical laden anti-bacterial soaps and sanitizing gels.

This past August a University of Michigan study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that antibacterial soaps available to the public might convey no health benefits over plain soap and water. Indeed the study showed that these soaps also were no more effective at simply removing bacteria from the skin, not to mention having questionable antibacterial action.


Why You Don't Want to Use Antibacterial Soap Anymore

Hand WashingThe antibacterial agent triclosan, commonly used in certain soaps, is starting to appear in consumer products ranging from socks to toothpaste.

But research shows that under normal household conditions triclosan can react with chlorinated water to produce chloroform, a likely carcinogen.


NJ, US: A Proposal to Require Flu Vaccines for Preschool

The New Jersey Public Health Council is expected to vote tomorrow on a rule that would require flu vaccines for any child entering day care or preschool. If it is approved, New Jersey would become the first state in the country to impose that mandate.

Comment: Apart from the huge evidence that mercury preservative in vaccines caused the wave of autism in the U.S. in recent years, the effectiveness of vaccines themselves is questionable (see Deadly Immunity and Why You Should Avoid Taking Vaccines). In addition, unlike other types, flu vaccine is supposed to be taken every year. Would you want to inject that poison into your children every year?


We Are What We Eat

The following is an excerpt from Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed edited by Vandana Shiva (South End, 2007).

I am not a scientist, journalist, or other specialist. I sell food. I help run a family-owned and operated neighborhood market and café that buys and sells predominantly local, clean, and sustainable food. I cannot speak about the reality of our food supply around most of the world. I can only can speak of what is happening in the first world, where, unfortunately, only the privileged elite can choose to put real food on their dinner tables.