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Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
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Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
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Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
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Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
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More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
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Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
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Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
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Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
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Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
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Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
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Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
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E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
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How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
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Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
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Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
MEN'S HEALTH
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The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
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The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
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Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
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Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
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Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
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Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat

(HealthDay News) -- Eating more whole-grain foods may help reduce body fat in older adults, says a new U.S. study.

The study looked at the eating habits -- including the consumption of whole-grain bread, brown rice, popcorn and other whole grains as well as fruits and vegetables -- of 177 men and 257 women, who averaged 68 years old.

Overall, the participants consumed relatively low amounts of whole-grain foods, averaging 1.5 servings a day, and dietary fiber, averaging 18.6 grams a day. U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines recommend that older people consume three or more servings daily of whole-grain foods and 21 to 30 grams of dietary fiber a day.

Among the study participants, bread and cold breakfast cereals were the main sources of whole grains, and women were more likely than men to consume whole grains.

After adjusting for factors such as levels of physical activity, the researchers found that a higher intake of whole grains was associated with lower amounts of total body fat and abdominal fat.

People who consumed the highest amounts of whole grains had about 2.4 percent less total body fat and 3.6 percent less abdominal fat than those who ate the least. This difference was found to be related to fiber in cereal, but not in fruits or vegetables. When only cereal fiber was taken into account, those who consumed the most had 3.2 percent less body fat and 5 percent less abdominal fat than those who ate the least amount of cereal fiber.

The findings appear in the October issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

The study's authors said that further research is needed to learn more about how whole-grain foods might regulate energy intake and how different types of fiber affect body fat distribution.

SOURCES: Journal of Nutrition, news release, Sept. 14, 2009