ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
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
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Winter Is Tough on Feet
CANCER
More Cancer Tests Mean More False-Positive Results
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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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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