ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
CANCER
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
FITNESS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
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Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On

THURSDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Having two or more servings of dairy products a day starting as a preschooler may lead to better bone health as an adolescent, a new report says.

The study, expected to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics, found higher levels of bone mineral content and bone density in teens who consumed dairy at least twice a day since the ages of 3 to 5. These adolescents' average bone mineral content was 175 grams higher than adolescents who had consumed less than two dairy servings a day, even after researchers adjusted the results for factors that affect normal bone development, such as the child's growth, body size, and activity level.

The study highlights the significant role dairy plays in childhood as "a key source of proteins, calcium, and other micronutrients including phosphorus and vitamin D," study researcher Lynn Moore, of Boston University School of Medicine, said in a news release issued by the journal.

The researchers also found that children who combined their 2 or more servings of dairy with 4 ounces of meat or other nondairy protein during a day had bone mineral contents more than 300 grams higher than those children with lower intakes of both dairy and other proteins.

The findings come from analyzing data and family food diaries from the Framingham Children's Study, which gathered information from 106 children, 3 to 5 years of age at the beginning of the study, over a 12-year period. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was also used to determine the children's average daily intake of dairy and other foods.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about bone health.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: The Journal of Pediatrics, news release, Aug. 13, 2008

Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2008

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