Drugmakers Have Paid $8 Billion in Fraud Fines
By Kelly Kennedy
The nation’s largest drugmakers have paid at least $8 billion in fines for repeatedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid over the past decade, but they remain in business.
LSD ‘helps alcoholics to give up drinking’
One dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD could help alcoholics give up drinking, according to an analysis of studies performed in the 1960s.
A study, presented in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, looked at data from six trials and more than 500 patients.
It said there was a “significant beneficial effect” on alcohol abuse, which lasted several months after the drug was taken.
South Africa apologies to Nigeria over yellow fever row
South Africa has apologised for the deportation last week of 125 Nigerians over suspicions that their yellow fever certificates were fake.
The action quickly turned into a diplomatic spat – with Nigeria refusing South Africans entry and the foreign minister branding Pretoria xenophobic.
South Africa has rejected that claim – and promised new procedures to avoid a repeat of the “regrettable incident”.
Religious TV host Pat Robertson wants pot legalised
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has expressed support for the legalisation of marijuana in the US, citing failure in the nation’s war on drugs.
In an interview with the New York Times, Mr Robertson said the US should “treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol”.
He says he has never smoked marijuana, but objects to the cost of imprisoning people for possession of the drug.
Measures to repeal marijuana laws are on the ballot in two states this year.
Alzheimer’s patients ‘should stay on drugs for longer’
Thousands of patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from drugs, research suggests.
A study in the the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients who stayed on the dementia drug Aricept had a slower decline in their memory.
The drug tends not to be prescribed once sufferers progress beyond moderate symptoms.
Medicines regulator NICE said its guidelines supported continuing treatment where there were benefits.
Feds stop funding Texas women’s health program over abortion dispute
AUSTIN, Texas — The federal government will withdraw funding for a Texas program providing more than 100,000 poor women with birth control and other health services because Planned Parenthood clinics are not allowed to participate, a U.S. Health and Human Services spokeswoman said on Friday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the decision in Houston on Friday, prompting a furious response from Texas Governor Rick Perry, who called it an “egregious federal overreach.”
Infant dies after contracting herpes during Jewish circumcision ritual at hospital
By Ethan A. Huff,
(NaturalNews) A two-week old boy died recently at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, after undergoing a rarely-practiced, and highly controversial, Jewish circumcision ritual known as metzitzah b’peh. According to the New York Daily News (NYDN), the unidentified young boy contracted herpes simplex virus Type 1 from the Rockland County rabbi that performed the ritual on him, and died shortly thereafter. The practice, which involves a rabbi literally sucking the blood from the circumcised…
Coenzyme Q10 can prevent and treat heart disease by attacking multiple metabolic pathways
By John Phillip,
(NaturalNews) Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) is well known as a critical compound required by the body to facilitate normal breakdown of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within cells into energy we need for metabolism and life itself. It should come as no surprise that this vital natural enzyme complex may hold the key to theprevention and reversal of many potentially life-threatening forms of cardiovascular disease. Several research studies reveal that CoQ10 works at a cellular level to protect delicate DNA…
Foods rich in antioxidants proven to reduce stroke risk levels in women
By Michelle Bosmier,
(NaturalNews) Health related to heart disease continues to be at the forefront of women’s issues, and some studies reveal that prevention is a measure that is not necessarily guided by the pharmaceutical industry, but rather by what can be found in the fridge. An expansive Swedish survey that was coordinated among women at Karolinska Institute led to a conclusion that diets that are comprised with foods rich in antioxidants result in lower risk levels of stroke. Women who have been diagnosed with…
8 natural remedies to overcome erectile dysfunction and impotence
By JB Bardot,
(NaturalNews) The pharmaceutical industry thought they were on to something really big when they developed drugs like Viagra to overcome erectile dysfunction. However,the truth is that holistic healthcare practitioners like homeopaths, herbalists and acupuncturists have been successfully treating impotence in men with natural remedies for thousands of years. Conventional drugs carry a long list of unpleasant side effects whereas alternative approaches are often less likely to cause any — such as…
Aspartame danger – urgent warning about tumors and seizures
By Aurora Geib, March 9 2012
(NaturalNews) The laws governing the sale of drugs and food additives require substances be safe for human consumption. The artificial sweetener aspartame primarily consumed in beverages and as a popular sugar substitute has consistently been found to cause tumors and brain seizures in animal subjects. In 2005, a European Cancer Research Center, the Ramazzini Foundation, called for an urgent re-examination of aspartame in food and beverages to protect children. This call is made in the face of the…
Ventura county District Attorney’s office wages campaign of personal revenge against raw milk farmers; resorts to tactics resembling North Korea
By Mike Adams,
(NaturalNews) NaturalNews can now report that James Stewart and Sharon Palmer are victims of an outrageous, almost unprecedented campaign of government terrorism against private citizens that’s playing out across two counties today: Ventura County and Los Angeles County. There, officials have secretly made a pact to “destroy” James and Sharon, regardless of what laws and rights have to be broken in the process. As you will see below, the DA’s offices in these two counties now harbor rogue, criminal…
Infant Formula Recalled Due to ‘Off Odor’
by Julia Thomas
Some Gerber Good Start Gentle powdered infant formula is being recalled, not because it poses a health or safety risk according to the Gerber Products Company, but because it might have an unpleasant odor.
The company says it has received complaints that the product’s “off odor” has caused infants to spit up or have gastrointestinal issues.
Salmonella Concerns Prompt Curry Recall
By Julia Thomas
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and G. Dion Foods are warning the public not to consume certain Dion brand curry powder because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.There have been no illnesses reported.G. Dion Foods of Saint-Jerome, Quebec, is recalling…
Goat Feed Recalled for Labeling Error
By Julia Thomas
Cargill Animal Nutrition is recalling 50 lb. bags of Nutrena NatureWise Goat Pellets distributed in 5 states because of an error in labeling.The recalled bags of goat feed should have indicated that the feed included Decoquinate, a medicated article for…