ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
CANCER
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
CAREGIVING
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk

FRIDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming fish and other foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of severe vision loss in elderly people.

Australian researchers reviewed nine published studies that included a total of 88,974 participants, including 3,203 people with AMD. The combined findings from the studies suggest that a high dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a 38 percent reduced risk of late (advanced) AMD, and that eating fish twice a week is associated with a reduced risk of both early and late AMD.

The study was published in the June issue of the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.

The University of Melbourne researchers noted that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids form an integral part of the layer of nerve cells in the retina. Outer cells of the retina are continually shed and regenerated. Because of this, deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acids may cause AMD.

"A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fish, as a proxy for long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake, has therefore been hypothesized as a means to prevent AMD," the researchers wrote.

While they did find an association between omega-3 fatty acid intake and reduced risk of AMD, they didn't go so far as to recommend regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids to ward off AMD.

"Although this meta-analysis suggests that consumption of fish and food rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be associated with a lower risk of AMD, there is insufficient evidence from the current literature, with few prospective studies and no randomized clinical trials, to support their routine consumption for AMD," the researchers concluded.

More information

The National Eye Institute has more about age-related macular degeneration.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, June 9, 2008

Last Updated: June 13, 2008

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