ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
CANCER
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
CAREGIVING
Tiniest Babies Carry Biggest Costs
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Eat Light - Live Longer
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Drink Away Dementia?
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
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Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function

FRIDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming lots of soy foods such as tofu and soy milk may improve lung function and lower the chances of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests.

Researchers asked 300 COPD patients in Japan and 340 age-matched healthy people about their soy intake. The results, published online in the journal Respiratory Research, indicate that consumption of soy products is associated with better lung function and reduced risk of COPD.

Long-term smoking causes 90 percent of cases of COPD, which is characterized by a progressive decline in lung function and includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, according to background information provided in a news release from the journal's publisher.

Previous research has suggested that soy can reduce cholesterol and ease menopause symptoms. This new study is the first to link soy intake and reduced COPD risk.

"It has been suggested that flavonoids from soy foods act as an anti-inflammatory agent in the lung, and can protect against tobacco carcinogens for smokers. However, further research is needed to understand the underlying biological mechanism," study author Fumi Hirayama said in a news release.


SOURCES: BioMed Central, news release, June 25, 2009 Published on: June 26, 2009