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Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
CAREGIVING
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Hypertension May Hit Black Males Earlier
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
EYE CARE, VISION
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
FITNESS
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
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Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer

TUESDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) -- If you eat a healthy diet, you're likely to live longer.

It might be trite advice, but a new study offers proof that it can make a difference in your longevity.

Those with the best diets reduced their risk of death by up to 25 percent over a 10-year follow-up, said study author Ashima Kant, a professor of nutrition at Queens College of the City University of New York.

Kant and her colleagues extracted information from a National Institutes of Health/AARP database including more than 350,000 men and women, evaluating the link between dietary habits and their risk of death during the follow-up period. They divided the participants into five groups, depending on how closely they followed the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

"If you had the highest fifth of these scores, your risk of dying over the follow-up period was 20 to 25 percent lower," Kant said. She found gender differences, with women eating the healthiest reducing their risk of death by 25 percent and men reducing it by 20 percent.

"We have been advocating these kinds of behaviors for a while," she said. Other studies have found a survival benefit but have tended to look only at individual foods, she said. "This gets at looking at all these dietary features in a collective way," she said.

Kant's team asked the participants about six components of a healthy diet, including intake of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean meat and poultry, and fat.

People didn't have to eat perfectly to get a top score, she said. For instance, "if a person had five or six servings of vegetables a week, that would get them the top score [for that question]," she said.

"It's not that you have to do everything [recommended under the dietary guidelines] to have any health benefits," she said, noting that participants in the groups with lower (but not the lowest) scores also tended to live longer. For instance, women who were in the second-from-the-highest group on dietary scores were 20 percent less likely to die and men in that group were 17 percent less likely.

The study is published in the July issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

Good dietary habits may also help delay the progression of hardening of the arteries, according to a separate study published in the July issue of the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers from Tufts University and Wake Forest University evaluated the effect of a good diet on the progression of coronary artery disease in 224 postmenopausal women who had the disease when they enrolled in the Estrogen Replacement and Atherosclerosis Study. The better the diet, the slower the progression of disease, they found.

"Both studies are finding similar things," said Penny Kris-Etherton, a distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State University, who wrote an editorial to accompany the atherosclerosis study.

"We're getting more and more evidence that diet [when poor] can play a key role in chronic disease development, progression and all-cause mortality," she said.

Will the findings -- especially the fact that those who got the top benefit didn't eat perfectly -- inspire people?

"As a nutritionist, you try to be optimistic and hope so," Kris-Etherton said. "But society sometimes makes it difficult. We live in an environment where there are so many food choices that aren't consistent with our [dietary] guidelines."

SOURCES: Ashima Kant, Ph.D., professor, nutrition, Queens College of the City University of New York, Flushing, N.Y.; Penny Kris-Etherton, R.D., Ph.D., distinguished professor, nutrition, Penn State University, University Park, Pa.; July 2009 The Journal of Nutrition; July 2009 The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition