ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
Heart Failure Raises Risk of Fractures
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
CANCER
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
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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