ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
CANCER
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Topical Drugs May Pollute Waterways
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
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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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