ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
CANCER
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
CAREGIVING
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
Eating Free Range
TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Football Can Shrink Players
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
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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