ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
Winter Is Tough on Feet
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
5 Reasons why you could gain weight while dieting
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
A Honey of a Sinusitis Treatment
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
The Unmedicated Mind
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
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Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men

WEDNESDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Men who consume fatty fish and marine omega-3 fatty acids appear to have a reduced risk of heart failure, a new study has found.

Between 1998 and 2004, U.S. and Swedish researchers followed nearly 40,000 Swedish men, ages 45 to 79, recorded details of their diets and tracking their health outcomes. During that time, 597 men with no history of heart disease or diabetes developed heart failure, and 34 of them died from the disorder.

Men who ate fatty fish -- such as salmon, mackerel, herring, whitefish and char -- once a week were 12 percent less likely to develop heart failure than men who never ate fatty fish. The study also found that men who consumed a moderate amount (about 0.3 grams a day) of omega-3 fatty acids -- found in cod liver oil and other fish oils -- were less likely to develop heart failure than those who consumed little or no omega-3 fatty acids.

The beneficial heart effect was seen only in men who ate about one serving of fatty fish a week and who had a moderate intake of marine omega-3 fatty acids. Men who consumed more fatty fish or omega-3 fatty acids did not gain more heart protection and, in fact, had the same level of risk as men who never ate fatty fish or omega-3 fatty acids, the study found.

This was an unexpected finding and may be due to chance, the researchers said.

"Alternatively, these may be men in poor health who ate more fish to try to improve their ill-health, and therefore the fatty fish and fatty acids appear to be risk factors for heart failure," the study's leader, Dr. Emily Levitan, a cardiology research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, said in a news release from the European Heart Journal, where the findings are published. "I suspect this is the most likely explanation, but we cannot be certain from our data."

More information

The Heart Rhythm Society outlines heart failure risk factors.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: European Heart Journal, news release, April 21, 2009

Last Updated: April 22, 2009

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