ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
CANCER
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
CAREGIVING
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss
Is Your Refrigerator Getting Enough Attention For Your Raw Food Success?
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
When Clocks Change, Body May Need Time to Adjust
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Any Old Cane Won't Do
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
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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