ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Studies Struggle to Gauge Glucosamine's Worth
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
CANCER
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss
Antioxidants Abound in Cereals, Popcorn, Whole-Grain Snacks
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
FITNESS
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
What you need to know about swine flu.
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
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PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
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Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk

Replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats may reduce your risk of heart disease, new research suggests.

Harvard School of Public Health researchers reviewed eight studies with a total of 13,614 participants and found that those who replaced saturated fats in their diet with polyunsaturated fats had a 19 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who didn't make the switch.

For every 5 percent increase in polyunsaturated fat consumption -- found in most vegetable oils -- coronary heart disease risk was reduced by 10 percent, according to the study published online March 23 in the journal PLoS Medicine.

For nearly six decades, Americans have been advised to reduce their consumption of saturated fats, such as butter, to prevent heart disease, but there has been little scientific proof that doing so actually decreased heart disease risk, according to the researchers. They said this study provides conclusive evidence from randomized clinical trials that there is a benefit in switching from saturated fats to polyunsaturated fats.

Over the past few decades, saturated fats in the American diet were generally replaced with increased consumption of refined carbohydrates and grains.

"The specific replacement nutrient for saturated fat may be very important. Our findings suggest that polyunsaturated fats would be a preferred replacement for saturated fats for better heart health," study lead author Dariush Mozaffarian, an assistant professor in the epidemiology department at the Harvard School of Public Health and in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release.

SOURCES: Harvard School of Public Health, news release, March 22, 2010 Published on: March 23, 2010