ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
CANCER
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
CAREGIVING
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
EYE CARE, VISION
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
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
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
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
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
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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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