ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
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
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
CANCER
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
CAREGIVING
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
DASH Diet Has Extra Benefits for Women's Health
B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
EYE CARE, VISION
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Kids More Apt to Smoke If Mom Did While Pregnant
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Countdown to Hair Loss
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming fish oil appears to reduce the chance of death from heart problems, but it may not help those with heart rhythm problems, a new analysis shows.

The conclusions are based on a Canadian review of dozens of fish oil studies involving more than 30,000 people. The study, by a team at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, was published in the online edition of BMJ.

Eleven studies reported fish oil supplements helping reduce deaths from heart problems by 20 percent; however, none of the studies were able to determine the optimal dose or formulation of fish oil.

Six studies reported no benefit of fish oil in preventing sudden cardiac death. Three studies of whether fish oil supplements helped reduce the need for implantable cardiac defibrillators showed a neutral effect.

An accompanying editorial calls for more funding on the fish oil issue, not only to determine whether a health benefit truly exists, but also to protect the world's marine life.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about heart disease.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Dec. 23, 2008

Last Updated: Dec. 24, 2008

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