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Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
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Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
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Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
CANCER
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
CAREGIVING
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Functional Foods Uncovered
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
Fasting on Alternate Days May Make Dieting Easier
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function
Fish in U.S. Rivers Tainted With Common Medications
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Sleep and Do Better
Study Supports Swine Flu's Pandemic Potential
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
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
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
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Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds

MONDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) -- Not only is vinegar low in calories, but it might actually help avoid weight gain, a new study suggests.

In a study in mice, Japanese researchers fed one group a high-fat diet along with acetic acid, a main component of vinegar, for six weeks. The others were fed a high-fat diet and given water.

Mice in both groups gained weight, but the mice who consumed acetic acid gained up to 10 percent less than those given water, the study found. The results are in the July 8 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

In the lab, researchers found the acetic acid inhibited the accumulation of body fat and hepatic lipids, which include cholesterol and triglycerides, by increasing the expression of genes involved in fatty acid oxidation.

The genes produce proteins that help break down fats, preventing the fat from being stored by the body.

Vinegar, used throughout the world as a condiment and a preservative, has been used as a folk medicine for thousands of years, including to treat scurvy during the U.S. Civil War and to treat wounds during World War I, according to the Vinegar Institute.

Recent research has shown that vinegar might help control blood pressure, blood sugar levels and fat accumulation.

So does this mean you should douse your fish and chips with malt vinegar to make it healthier? The study didn't address vinegar's potential to help humans stay slim, but you can dream.


SOURCES: American Chemical Society, news release, June 17, 2009 Published on: June 22, 2009