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Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats

Posted 22 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 – Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats – but not enough, new research shows. Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA – plentiful in fatty fish like salmon – has remained steady, though very low, the experts found. "These trends are encouraging, but we still have room for improvement in our diet," said Mary Ann Honors, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Both saturated and trans fats increase heart disease risk, by mechanisms such as raising so-called "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and lowering "good" cholesterol (HDL), according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Saturated fats are found in meats, full-fat dairy foods and some oils, such as coconut and palm, according to the AHA. Trans fats are found in baked goods ... Read more

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Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat: Study

Posted 30 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 – High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report. In fact, 64.1 percent of those taking fish oil for its omega-3 fatty acids experienced new bouts of atrial fibrillation over the course of 16 months, compared to 63.2 percent of those taking a placebo. Fish oil supplements also did not reduce the twin ills of inflammation or oxidative stress, which may explain why they didn't guard against atrial fibrillation, the study authors noted. "Fish oil has no role to play in the treatment of atrial fibrillation," said lead researcher Dr. Anil Nigam, an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of Montreal. Atrial fibrillation is a common malady in which the heartbeat is irregular and can race as fast as 150 beats a minute. A normal ... Read more

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Small Study Hints Fish Oil Might Ease Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Posted 8 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 – Low doses of fish oil may help reduce the number of seizures experienced by people with a form of tough-to-treat epilepsy that no longer responds to drugs, a small new study suggests. The research was led by Dr. Christopher DeGiorgio, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and included 24 people with epilepsy that could no longer be controlled using medications. One expert not connected to the study said many people with epilepsy remain without adequate treatment. "Although medications remain the primary treatment for newly diagnosed epilepsy, more than 35 percent of patients continue to have seizures despite taking antiepileptic drugs," said Dr. David Friedman, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. Friedman said that in these cases, patients often resort to alternative treatments such as epilepsy ... Read more

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Omega-3s in Diet May Help Ward Off Lou Gehrig's Disease

Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 – A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help cut your risk for the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a new study suggests. These fatty acids – found most commonly in certain fish – are known to help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on cells. Both of those processes can damage nerve tissue, according to the study authors. Inflammation and oxidative stress have long been linked with ALS, the study authors said, so any nutrient that fights those processes might be helpful. In the study, "individuals with higher dietary intakes of total omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids – an essential type of dietary fat found in vegetable oils and fish – had a reduced risk for ALS," said lead researcher Kathryn Fitzgerald of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "We also found that higher ... Read more

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Prenatal Fish Oil Supplements May Not Boost Child's Brain Health, Study Finds

Posted 6 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 - Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit from the intervention. One expert not connected to the study wasn't surprised by the results. "It is very appealing to say to a woman that if she takes a pill every day, her baby will become smarter," said Dr. Catherine Herway, assistant director of maternal-fetal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. "The reality is that despite all of our advancements in modern science, the best advice remains the same: To optimize maternal and fetal health, there remains no substitute for a well-balanced diet." Omega-3 fatty acids – most commonly consumed via oily fish or in fish oil capsules – have been thought to perhaps boost fetal brain development in the womb. But is ... Read more

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Teva Announces First Approval and Launch of Generic Lovaza Capsules in the United States

Posted 9 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 8, 2014-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) announces the approval of the generic equivalent to Lovaza® (Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters Capsules, USP), in the United States. Teva believes it is first-to-file and thus far is the only Company to receive an approval from FDA. Teva plans to commence shipping immediately. Lovaza® Capsules, marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, had annual sales of approximately $1.1 billion in the United States, according to IMS data as of December 2013. About Teva Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's leading g ... Read more

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Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease Some MS Symptoms: Review

Posted 24 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 24, 2014 – Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to new guidelines. To reach that conclusion, an expert panel from the American Academy of Neurology reviewed more than 40 years of research on alternative medicine treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition to the recommendations about medical marijuana use, the nine experts also found that ginkgo biloba might help with the fatigue of MS and reflexology may ease MS symptoms such as tingling, numbness and other unusual skin sensations. Bee sting therapy and omega-3 fatty acids, however, offer weak evidence supporting their use. "It's a very common practice in the MS patient population to try alternative therapies," said the author of the ... Read more

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Daily Fish Oil Supplement May Not Help Your Heart: Studies

Posted 17 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 17, 2014 – People who take fish oil capsules may not be getting the heart-health benefits they desired, according to a pair of new research reports. Both studies found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements do not provide any significant protection against heart disease, when compared to other types of dietary fats. "Looking at the 17 randomized clinical trials that we combined, the majority of the trials – especially the more recent and large-scale ones – showed consistently little or no significant effect on reducing coronary heart disease events," said Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, lead author of a comprehensive review of nutrition research related to fats. Of the range of fats studied, only trans fats showed a clear negative effect on heart health, according to the review published in the March 18 Annals of Internal Medicine by Chowdhury, a cardiovascular ... Read more

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Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 – The more you consume the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils, the less likely you are to lose as many precious brain cells as you age, a new study suggests. More research is needed, however, to understand both why this happens and how much of the nutrient brings about the most benefit, the researchers said. "Our findings support the idea that a higher omega-3 status from fish or supplements is good for brain health," said study author James Pottala, an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of South Dakota's Sanford School of Medicine. According to the study, which was published online Jan. 22 in the journal Neurology, the researchers tested levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the red blood cells of more than 1,000 older women. Eight years later, the women had MRI scans that measured their brain volumes. At the time of ... Read more

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Diabetes Drugs Affect Hearts of Men, Women Differently

Posted 16 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – Widely used diabetes drugs have different effects on men's and women's hearts, a new study suggests. Researchers examined how three commonly prescribed treatments for type 2 diabetes affected 78 patients who were divided into three groups. One group took metformin alone, the second group took metformin plus rosiglitazone (sold under the brand name Avandia) and the third group took metformin plus Lovaza, a type of fish oil. Metformin reduces blood sugar production by the liver and improves insulin sensitivity. Rosiglitazone also improves insulin sensitivity and moves free fatty acids out of the blood. Lovaza lowers blood levels of another type of fat called triglycerides. The researchers found that the drugs had very different and sometimes opposite effects on the hearts of men and women, even as the drugs controlled blood sugar equally well in both genders. The ... Read more

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Potentially Helpful Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Cross to Brain: Study

Posted 10 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 – Omega-3 fatty acids – nutrients long thought to be helpful for neurological health – can cross the usually impenetrable blood-brain barrier and make their way into the brain, a new study suggests. The finding could have implications for the use of omega-3s as a treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer's, the Swedish researchers said. As published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm wanted to learn how far in the nervous system omega-3 fatty acids might travel. "Earlier population studies indicated that omega-3s can protect against Alzheimer's disease, which makes it interesting to study the effects of dietary supplements containing this group of fatty acids in patients who have already developed the disease," study lead author Dr. Yvonne Freund-Levi said in an institute news release. The researchers said ... Read more

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Study Questions Fish Oil Brain Claims

Posted 25 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 – If you eat a lot of fish or take fish oil supplements hoping to boost your brain health, a new study has disappointing findings for you. The study, published online Sept. 25 in the journal Neurology, found no difference in memory and thinking test scores based on levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood. "We looked at the association of blood biomarkers of [omega-3 fatty acids] and measure of cognitive [thinking] function and found no statistically significant association between baseline levels or over time," said the study's lead author, Eric Ammann, a doctoral candidate in the department of epidemiology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. However, this study's findings run counter to other research that has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help protect the aging brain. A study published in the February 2012 issue of Neurology suggested that ... Read more

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Too Much Fish Oil Might Boost Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Says

Posted 10 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 10 – Eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil supplements may increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. Moreover, marine sources of omega-3 fatty acids may also raise the risk for aggressive prostate cancer, according to the study by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "These anti-inflammatory omega-3s were associated with a 43 percent increased risk for prostate cancer overall, and a 71 percent increased risk in aggressive prostate cancer," said study lead author Theodore Brasky, a research assistant professor at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus, who was at Hutchinson at the time of the study. Aggressive prostate cancer is often fatal, he added. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon, trout and fresh tuna and in fish oil capsules, are widely reputed to ... Read more

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Fish Oil Pills Might Cut Diabetes Risk, Researchers Say

Posted 22 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 22 – Fish oil supplements could help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The supplements, also known as omega-3 fatty acids, increase levels of a hormone called adiponectin that's linked to insulin sensitivity, Harvard researchers found. Higher levels of this hormone in the bloodstream have also been linked to a lower risk for heart disease. "While prior animal studies found fish oil increased circulating adiponectin, whether similar effects apply in humans is not established," the study's lead author, Jason Wu, from the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. For their study, the researchers conducted a "meta-analysis" of 14 clinical trials. A meta-analysis reviews existing research and attempts to find a consistent pattern. In this case, the studies that were reviewed were all randomized, ... Read more

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Fish Oil Supplements Don't Protect Against Heart Trouble: Study

Posted 8 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 8 – Although previous research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help those who have already had a heart attack or suffer from heart failure, a new study finds that the supplements do little to prevent cardiac trouble in people who have risk factors for heart disease. Italian researchers reported that omega-3 fatty acid supplements did not reduce death from heart disease or heart attacks or strokes in this vulnerable group. "Contrary to the expectations, adding supplemental omega-3 fatty acids does not have any specific advantage in a population that is considered at high risk of cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Dr. Gianni Tognoni, from the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Milan. Tognoni said omega-3 fatty acids do seem to help prevent abnormal heart rhythms following a heart attack or heart failure. There appears, however, to be no value in ... Read more

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