ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
Studies Struggle to Gauge Glucosamine's Worth
Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
CANCER
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
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
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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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