ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
CANCER
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
Herb Shows Potential for Rheumatoid Arthriti
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
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
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
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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