News & Comment

March 20, 2018

Iodine deficiency: No longer just a third-world issue, warns study

NEWS The re-emergence of iodine deficiency in some industrialized countries has raised concerns over the public health implications and the need for fortification or supplementation programs. […]
March 19, 2018

Healthy vitamin D status lowers risk of death in people with heart disease

NEWS People with cardiovascular disease could slash their risk of death by 30% by ensuring a healthy vitamin D status, new research from Norway suggests. COMMENT […]
March 15, 2018

Pesticides are not as safe as they’re claimed to be!

NEWS A lack of information on the effects of pesticide ingredients makes them appear safer than they actually are – potentially causing serious harm to people […]
March 15, 2018

Regular doses of vitamin D could lower your risk of cancer

NEWS Regular doses of vitamin D could lower the risk of developing cancer, new research suggests. COMMENT Little by little, mainstream scientists and the mass media […]
March 14, 2018

Physicist and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis sufferer Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

NEWS World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. At the age of 22 he was given only a few years to […]
March 14, 2018

Vitamin D deficiency affects children’s risk for severe forearm fractures

NEWS Children who are vitamin D deficient have a greater risk of having more severe forearm fractures requiring surgical treatment, according to a new study presented […]
March 13, 2018

Why vitamin supplements that look like sweets may do more harm than good

NEWS Vitamin supplements that look like sweets are often known as ‘vitamin gummies’. They are frequently packed with sugar and contain lower levels of nutrients than […]
March 13, 2018

Vitamin D: Getting extra sun in August and September could help prevent flu

NEWS A new scientific paper from the United States suggests that getting more rays of sunlight – and therefore vitamin D – could help prevent flu. […]
March 12, 2018

Omega fatty acid supplements may improve autism in preterm toddlers

NEWS A study recently published in the Journal of Nutrition found that omega fatty acid supplements may improve autism spectrum disorder symptoms in toddlers who were born […]
March 12, 2018

Taking the right amount of vitamin D reduces mortality

NEWS A new study from the University of Bergen in Norway concludes that taking the right amount of vitamin D substantially reduces the risk of death. […]
March 11, 2018

What the Monsanto Papers tell us about corporate science

NEWS The Monsanto Papers are a treasure trove of internal documents slowly released since March 2017 as part of a US lawsuit by cancer victims against Monsanto over […]
March 10, 2018

Fish oil and probiotic supplements in pregnancy may reduce risk of childhood allergies

NEWS Scientists from Imperial College in London found that pregnant women taking daily fish oil capsules and probiotic supplements reduce the risk of their child developing […]
March 9, 2018

Study finds turmeric extract may protect against osteoarthritic pain and inflammation

NEWS A new study has found that turmeric extract may have protective effects against osteoarthritis. COMMENT Studies clearly show that natural approaches to osteoarthritis are safer […]
March 8, 2018

Big Pharma thriving from flu pandemic

NEWS As the flu pandemic is killing and sickening scores of Americans, Big Pharma companies’ profits are soaring.  COMMENT As its profiteering from the flu pandemic […]
March 7, 2018

Former pharma CEO faces up to 20 years in prison

NEWS A U.S. judge has ruled that former pharma company CEO Martin Shkreli was responsible for nearly $10.5m in losses in a securities fraud scheme. He […]
March 7, 2018

Researchers find low magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective

NEWS A review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient levels of magnesium. COMMENT The finding of […]
March 6, 2018

Poor vitamin D status linked to increased risk of anemia

NEWS Researchers in Iran found that children with low vitamin D status had up to three times increased risk of anemia compared to children with sufficient […]
March 5, 2018

Ten Greek politicians allegedly linked to drug company bribery scandal

NEWS In Greece, the Supreme Court’s Public Prosecution Office is to submit a case file to the Greek Parliament concerning an ongoing probe into charges that […]
March 4, 2018

UK government health secretary admits drug errors cause ‘appalling harm and deaths’

NEWS Jeremy Hunt, the UK government health secretary, has admitted that drug errors in England cause ‘appalling harm and deaths’. COMMENT Evidence suggests that errors in […]
March 2, 2018

Study claims antidepressant drugs should be given to a million more people in UK

NEWS A new review published in The Lancet medical journal claims that at least a million more people in the UK should be put on antidepressant […]
March 2, 2018

More evidence that depression is linked to reduced levels of micronutrients

NEWS People suffering from major depressive disorder have lower levels of the amino acid arginine, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows.  COMMENT […]
March 1, 2018

Pesticides: Does the Brussels EU let industry write its own rules?

NEWS An environmental group, the Pesticide Action Network, says 90 percent of Brussels EU tests determining which pesticides are supposedly safe come from the chemical industry […]
February 28, 2018

Commonly prescribed medication linked to stroke

NEWS Medication routinely prescribed for common complaints including allergies, heart disease and Parkinson’s has been linked to an increased risk of stroke according to new research […]
February 27, 2018

‘Unhelpful’ EU health claims regulations

NEWS Nutrition industry professionals are increasingly dissatisfied with the European Union’s “unhelpful” regulatory framework, with rules governing health claims flagged as a particularly thorny issue, a […]
February 27, 2018

Plant-based diets could save ‘billions’ in healthcare costs

NEWS New research suggests governments could save ‘billions’ in healthcare costs if more people switched to plant-based diets. COMMENT While it is good that public attention […]
February 27, 2018

U.S. lawmakers threaten WHO agency over glyphosate cancer finding

NEWS WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are threatening to cut off U.S. funding for the World Health Organization’s cancer research program over its 2016 finding that glyphosate, […]
February 26, 2018

Painkiller may disrupt sex hormones, placing unborn babies at risk

NEWS Use of the painkiller acetaminophen during pregnancy may cause harmful sex hormone abnormalities, according to a study led by San Diego researchers. COMMENT There is […]
February 25, 2018

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

NEWS A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. COMMENT Not only is there already no doubt that diets containing […]
February 22, 2018

Consider the power of onions

NEWS Research shows that onions are one of the most powerful healing foods you can eat. COMMENT One of the reasons onions are so potent as […]
February 22, 2018

High Blood Sugar Levels Tied to Memory Decline

NEWS Increasing blood sugar levels are associated with cognitive decline, a long-term study has found. COMMENT Sustained high blood sugar levels can lead to serious complications […]
February 22, 2018

Ibuprofen can damage men’s endocrine systems

NEWS New research shows ibuprofen can reduce the production of testosterone in men. COMMENT Largely due to the sheer volume of pro-pharma propaganda that is circulated […]
February 21, 2018

Vitamin E may be linked to lower risk of gallstones

NEWS Higher blood levels of Vitamin E may be linked to a lower risk of gallstone disease, finds a recent study published in the journal Nutrients. COMMENT […]
February 21, 2018

Antibiotics in pregnancy linked to baby’s increased risk of serious infection

NEWS Children whose mothers were prescribed antibiotics during pregnancy face up to a 20 per cent higher risk of being hospitalised for infections, a new study […]
February 20, 2018

Protecting the Pharma Cartel? Austrian federal ministry agency warns against taking high-dose supplements

NEWS The so-called ‘Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety’ has issued a warning about supplements containing high doses of zinc and vitamin B6. COMMENT While […]
November 7, 2017

Depressed patients who are treated with antidepressants do worse in the long run

NEWS A new study has shown that symptoms of depression were more sharply elevated 9 years following treatment including drug medication than treatment without it. COMMENT […]
November 6, 2017

Good nutrition throughout adulthood promotes strength and fitness in old age, suggests study

NEWS Individuals who eat healthily throughout adulthood improve their likelihood of enjoying better physical fitness later in life, reports a recent study in The Journals of […]
November 5, 2017

US study finds rise in human glyphosate levels

NEWS Levels of glyphosate, a controversial chemical found in herbicides, markedly increased in the bodies of a sample population over two decades, a study published Tuesday […]
November 3, 2017

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs linked to heightened diabetes risk

NEWS A US study has linked cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes among patients already deemed to be at high risk […]
November 3, 2017

Most kids in northern latitudes don’t get enough vitamin D in winter

NEWS Living in northern latitudes not only means shorter days and less sunlight during the winter, but also far less vitamin D, the “sunshine” vitamin. But […]
November 2, 2017

Taking statins raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly a third

NEWS Researchers have found that taking statins increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly a third. COMMENT Not only do patients taking statins risk […]
November 1, 2017

Getting enough vitamin D when young associated with lower risk of diabetes-related autoimmunity

NEWS Getting enough vitamin D during infancy and childhood is associated with a reduced risk of islet autoimmunity among children at increased genetic risk for type […]
November 1, 2017

Anxiety and depression linked to migraines

NEWS In a study of 588 patients who attended an outpatient headache clinic, more frequent migraines were experienced by participants with symptoms of anxiety and depression. […]
October 31, 2017

Global calcium consumption appears low, especially in Asia

NEWS Daily calcium intake among adults appears to vary quite widely around the world in distinct regional patterns, according to a new systematic review of research […]
October 31, 2017

Cancer drug prices rising far faster than inflation

NEWS The prices of injectable cancer drugs – even older medicines around since the 1990s – are increasing at a rate far higher than inflation, researchers […]
October 30, 2017

Omega-3 fish oil supplements linked to lower CHD death risk: Study

NEWS Omega-3 fish oils are associated with a lower risk of dying from coronary heart disease, according to a study that highlights the protective effect of […]
October 29, 2017

Omega-6 consumption significantly reduces type 2 diabetes risk: Cohort study analysis

NEWS A diet rich in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats can “significantly reduce the risk” of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new Australian study. COMMENT Recent […]
October 27, 2017

A beam of light can check your blood pressure!

NEWS A device that monitors blood pressure by shining light along the skin could be available in the next few months. COMMENT Along with nutritional and […]
October 26, 2017

Most medical students overconfident, underprepared on nutrition guidelines

NEWS Ohio University researchers found medical students may be more confident than knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition. Of the 257 medical students studied, more than […]
October 25, 2017

‘Drug Dealers in Lab Coats’

NEWS For decades, America has waged an ineffective war on drug pushers and drug lords, from Bronx street corners to Medellin, Colombia, regarding them as among […]
October 25, 2017

Higher dose of vitamin D increases bone density in premature babies

NEWS If the standard supplementation of 400 IUs of vitamin D is increased to 800 IUs daily there are reductions in the number of premature and […]
October 25, 2017

Researchers confirm that drugs for high blood pressure don’t completely restore normal vascular function

NEWS Researchers at Lancaster University in the UK have confirmed that drug treatments for high blood pressure do not totally reverse the damaging effects the condition […]
October 24, 2017

School students in China to take courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine

NEWS Zhejiang is to become the first province in China to add courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to its school curriculum. COMMENT TCM emphasizes the […]
October 24, 2017

Many pregnant women not getting message about boosting iodine and folic acid

NEWS New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (MOH) rarely recommends using supplements, but does urge mothers to take in additional iodine and folic acid before and during […]
October 23, 2017

Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and U.S. Congress

NEWS Whistleblower says drug distributors pumped opioids into American communities – knowing that people were dying – and says industry lobbyists and the U.S. Congress derailed […]
October 22, 2017

Air pollution blamed for half a million premature deaths in Europe in 2014

NEWS A report on air quality from the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, has found that air pollution prematurely killed half a million people in […]
October 20, 2017

Over Half Of New Cancer Drugs ‘Show No Benefits’ For Survival Or Wellbeing

NEWS Of 48 cancer drugs approved between 2009-2013, 57% of uses showed no benefits and some benefits were ‘clinically meaningless’, says a study published in the […]
October 20, 2017

What You Should Know Before Saying ‘Yes’ To Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs

NEWS The most widely prescribed drugs in history, the side effects from statins include memory loss, confusion, muscle problems, increased blood sugar and diabetes, liver issues […]
October 19, 2017

Extra Iron Reduces Later Aggressive Behavior In Low Birth-Weight Babies

NEWS Supplementing low birth-weight babies with iron may help prevent behavioral problems at school age, suggests a recent study in Pediatric Research. COMMENT An inadequate intake […]
October 18, 2017

Study Shows Vitamin D Supplements Protect Against Severe Asthma Attacks

NEWS A new study suggests asthma patients could halve their risk of suffering a severe attack simply by taking a vitamin D supplement. COMMENT While evidence […]
October 17, 2017

Blood-Thinning Drugs Associated With Increased Risk Of Complications From Blood In Urine

NEWS Use of blood-thinning drugs among older adults is associated with higher rates of complications related to the presence of blood in urine, including emergency department […]
October 17, 2017

Multivitamins In Pregnancy May Be Linked To Lower Autism Risk In Children

NEWS Taking multivitamins during early pregnancy may be associated with a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder in children compared with mothers who do not take […]
October 16, 2017

Colorectal Cancer Is On The Rise In Younger Patients

NEWS The incidence of colorectal cancer has been increasing in people under the age of 55 since at least the mid-1990s. COMMENT Scientific research conducted at […]
October 16, 2017

One In Four People Leave Work A Year After A Heart Attack, Study Finds

NEWS One in four people leave their job within a year of returning to work after having a heart attack, according to a newly published study […]
October 13, 2017

New study shows air pollution may be causing kidney disease

NEWS A team of scientists from Washington University in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System have found an association between tiny […]
October 12, 2017

Parts of UK identified as high risk areas for Lyme disease

NEWS The south of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease. COMMENT The human transmission of Lyme disease […]
October 11, 2017

Study says zinc can halt the growth of cancer cells

NEWS Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Texas at Arlington researcher. […]
October 11, 2017

Scientists have found another reason for children to eat their green leafy vegetables

NEWS A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1- found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil […]
October 10, 2017

France steps up organic production as demand grows

NEWS French farmers and food processors are increasing their investment in organic production in response to growing demand for “bio” products, according to the latest figures. […]
October 9, 2017

Statins Tied to Memory Lapses, Low Energy, Other Side Effects

NEWS Memory lapses. Low Energy. Brain fog. Muscle pain. High blood sugar. A growing body of research suggests these and other side effects are linked to […]
October 8, 2017

Monsanto banned from European parliament

NEWS MEPs withdraw parliamentary access to Monsanto lobbyists after the firm shunned a hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate […]
October 6, 2017

Micronutrients help children with ADHD, new research shows

NEWS At the age of 9, Isaiah Godfrey was unable to tie his shoe laces and brush his teeth. He had been expelled from six preschools […]
October 5, 2017

Hair loss: Is it related to one’s health status?

For centuries, hair has been perceived as a mark of beauty. As such, anything that can lead to its loss can be discomforting. Hair loss can be caused by numerous factors that range from genetic to hormonal or even dietary factors.
October 4, 2017

Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

Antimicrobial resistance a 'global health emergency' that 'will seriously jeopardise progress in modern medicine', says head of international organization.
October 4, 2017

For better gut bacteria, eat more oily fish

A study of middle-aged British women shows that omega-3 has beneficial effects on gut health.
October 3, 2017

Children’s asthma medication may cause nightmares and other mental health issues

A children's asthma medication may cause nightmares and other mental health issues, a study claims.
October 2, 2017

Pregnant women are not getting enough omega-3

The first ever study on the intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnant women in New Zealand, has found only 30 per cent are getting the recommended daily amount.
October 1, 2017

Prostate cancer on the rise in rural India, cases may double by 2020

The second most common cause of cancer, prostate cancer, is rising in the rural part of India, say experts.
September 28, 2017

Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change.
September 27, 2017

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively.
September 27, 2017

Study: common antidepressant may worsen tinnitus

A study by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) researchers indicates that a common class of antidepressants may worsen a hearing condition, known as tinnitus, that millions of people suffer from.
September 26, 2017

Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals

Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths around the world, according to the most comprehensive study ever carried out on the subject.
September 25, 2017

Antidepressants associated with significantly elevated risk of death, researchers find

Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a McMaster-led team of researchers.
September 24, 2017

Native American tribes fight for clean water

When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana. Stagnant water would pool in some areas, filling with algae. It wouldn’t even freeze in the cold of winter. Later, catfish would turn up with quarter-size white sores.