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Advocate General Finds Food Supplements Directive Invalid Under EU Law
There was tremendous news today for the millions of people in Europe who choose to use food supplements. Following a landmark challenge in the European Courts of Justice (ECJ) brought by the Alliance for Natural Health and Nutri-Link Ltd to the contentious Food Supplements Directive, which effectively proposed to ban 75% of vitamin and mineral forms, Advocate General Geelhoed, the senior adviser to the ECJ, gave his Opinion in favour of the Alliance's case.
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ANH PRESS RELEASE: Food Supplements Directive deemed invalid

Monkey See, Monkey Do . . .
Observations of chimpanzees' feeding behavior in Tanzania, East Africa, have led to the discovery of medicinal properties and other potential applications for two types of plants. This type of study, involving the ways animals use plants, is referred to as zoopharmacognosy, a term coined in 1992 from Greek roots: zoo- = animal; pharma- = a drug or poison; and -cognosy = to recognize

EPO accepts biopiracy
argument and revokes patent

The patent was revoked five years after it was awarded, but the decision was appealed by the US Department of Agriculture and WR Grace. The decision on 8 March brings the ten-year dispute to a close.

Two atopic dermatitis drugs should be used cautiously
March 2005
The U.S. FDA ( Food and Drug Administration ) advised health care professionals to prescribe Elidel ( Pimecrolimus ) and Protopic ( Tacrolimus ) only as directed and only after other atopic dermatitis ( eczema ) treatments have failed to work because of a potential cancer risk associated with their use.

Exhibition of plant medicine opens
Dr Esiama noted that though indigenous plant medicine had contributed immensely to the cure of several illnesses that most orthodox medicines had failed to cure, it had gained little scientific recognition

2004 Jan-Feb
Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumours

Meet the scientist behind the study:

Dr Philippa Darbre
Cell and Molecular Biology
The University of Reading
Overall aims are to study the growth regulation of breast cancer cells by steroid hormones, and the mechanisms by which such cells can escape from this growth regulation, using molecular cell biological approaches

Pesticide Spraying
and Health Effects

"The extent of exacerbation of illness caused by pesticide use for West Nile virus control is likely greater than the number of cases of West Nile virus."

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