ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
CANCER
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
CAREGIVING
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk
The Raw Food Diet
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out
EYE CARE, VISION
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Drink Away Dementia?
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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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