ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
High Birth Weight Doubles Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
Just Say No to Nuts During Pregnancy
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
FITNESS
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
Less Education May Mean Poorer Health
U.S. Prepares for Possible Return of Swine Flu in Fall
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Countdown to Hair Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease

ncreasing your intake of olive oil may help protect against ulcerative colitis, a new study finds.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon, resulting in abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss. This study found that people whose diet was rich in oleic acid were far less likely to develop ulcerative colitis.

Oleic acid is a monosaturated fatty acid found in foods such as olive oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil, butter and some margarines.

This study included more than 25,000 people, aged 40-65, in Norfolk, U.K. who were recruited between 1993 and 1997. None of the participants had ulcerative colitis at the start of the study. By 2002, 22 participants had developed ulcerative colitis. The researchers compared the diets of these people to those who didn't develop the disease and found that those with the highest intake of oleic acid were 90 percent less likely to develop ulcerative colitis.

"Oleic acid seems to help prevent the development of ulcerative colitis by blocking chemicals in the bowel that aggravate the inflammation found in the illness," study leader Dr. Andrew Hart, of the University of East Anglia's School of Medicine, said in a news release.

"We estimate that around half the cases of ulcerative colitis could be prevented if larger amounts of oleic acid were consumed. Two-to-three tablespoons of olive oil per day would have a protective effect," he said.

The study was presented Saturday at the Digestive Disease Week conference in New Orleans.

SOURCES: University of East Anglia, news release, May 1, 2010 Published on: May 03, 2010