ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
CANCER
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Tiniest Babies Carry Biggest Costs
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Just Say No to Nuts During Pregnancy
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
Hoping for a Happy Family Holiday? Here's How
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
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Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life

WEDNESDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Some components of a Mediterranean diet may be more vital to good health than others, a new report suggests.

A study from researchers at the University of Athens Medical School links longer life to consuming large quantities of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and olive oil, keeping alcohol intake moderate and avoiding too much meat. Meanwhile, eating lots of fish or seafood and going light on dairy products does not seem to increase longevity.

The authors of the study, which examined the eating habits of more than 23,000 Greeks over nearly a decade, said many of the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet were negated when their analysis removed heavy vegetable consumption, light meat intake or moderate drinking. Combining several components, such as having a diet rich in vegetables and olive oil, showed health benefits.

Following a Mediterranean diet, so-called because it is based on the traditional eating habits of those in that region of the world, has been shown to improve health and help people live longer in several studies, but this report -- appearing June 23 in the online edition of BMJ -- analyzes the main components of the diet.


SOURCES: BMJ, news release, June 23, 2009 Published on: June 24, 2009