Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Omega-3 deficiency causes 96,000 US deaths per year, say researchers

I never knew the impact of Omega-3 until I read this. 96,000 deaths per year is no small figure. It seems that more people die of omega-3 deficiency than high fat intake.

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Omega-3 deficiency is the sixth biggest killer of Americans and more deadly than excess trans fat intake, according to a new study.

The Harvard University researchers looked at 12 dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors such as tobacco smoking and high blood pressure and used a mathematical model to determine how many fatalities could have been prevented if better practices had been observed.

The study, jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Association of Schools of Public Health, drew on 2005 data from the US National Health Center for Health Statistics. They determined that there were 72,000-96,000 preventable deaths each year due to omega-3 deficiency, compared to 63,000-97,000 for high trans fat intake.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Pfizer fined $2.3 billion for illegal marketing in off-label drug case

I never thought this might happen; that a large pharmaceutical firm will be guilty of such. Health advocates have been saying for years that drug companies are after money and in this case it appears that it has been proven true.

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In the largest health care fraud settlement in history, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must pay $2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company illegally promoted uses of four of its drugs, including the painkiller Bextra, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

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