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Diet Might Have Some Effect on ADHD

Posted 9 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9 – There's limited evidence that any particular diet or supplement helps kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but at least some research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help while fatty "Western-style" diets do these children no favors. Researchers from Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago reviewed previous studies on diets and supplements that have been tried in children with ADHD. Among the diets tested: restricting sugar, which some parents believe worsens hyperactivity; avoiding food containing additives and preservatives, known as the "Feingold diet"; an "elimination diet" that avoids foods most often implicated in food allergies; and supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil capsules. Little research supports the idea that sugar or artificial sweeteners affect children's behavior, according to the review. Nor is there ... Read more

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Vitamins, Omega-3s May Keep Brain From Shrinking: Study

Posted 28 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28 – Older adults with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D and E in their blood performed better on certain measures of thinking abilities, and also tended to have larger brain volume, a new study finds. Seniors with high levels of trans fats in their blood fared worse on certain thinking tests than those with lower levels of the unhealthy fats, and also had more brain shrinkage. Researchers said the findings suggest that nutrients work "in synergy" with one another to be protective of brain health. "For people with a vitamin profile high in B, C, D, E, those particular nutrients seem to be working together on some level," said lead study author Gene Bowman, an assistant professor in the department of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. "Having high scores for those vitamins was associated with better cognitive function and ... Read more

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Fish May Cut Threat of Heart Disease in Young Women

Posted 5 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5 – Eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as cod and salmon, may significantly lower a young woman's risk of developing heart disease, Danish researchers report. The researchers found that women of childbearing age who never ate fish had 50 percent more cardiovascular problems than women who ate fish often, and a 90 percent higher risk than women who ate fish weekly. "We found that even women who ate fish only a couple of times a month benefited," said lead researcher Marin Strom, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Fetal Programming at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen. "Women who eat fish should find the results encouraging, but it is important to emphasize that to obtain the greatest benefit from fish and fish oils, women should follow the dietary recommendations to eat fish as a main meal at least twice a week," she said. However, the report, ... Read more

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Omega-3 Supplements Don't Help, May Hurt ICU Patients

Posted 5 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5 – Nutritional supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids or antioxidants don't help patients with severe lung problems in the intensive care unit, a new study indicates. According to the researchers, supplements may actually harm patients with pneumonia or sepsis. Patients given the supplements were on ventilators for more days, stayed in the intensive care unit (ICU) longer and were at a slightly higher risk of dying than their counterparts who didn't get supplements. "Not only did it not help, but it may be worse," said Dr. Todd W. Rice, lead author of a paper published online Oct. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to coincide with a presentation at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine meeting in Berlin. The trial was stopped early because the results were so disappointing. "Pharmaconutrition" has attracted increasing interest in ... Read more

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Prenatal Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements May Cut Babies' Colds

Posted 1 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1 – When women take a supplement of the omega 3 fatty acid DHA during pregnancy, their babies have fewer cold symptoms and shorter illnesses, new research indicates. At 1 month and 3 months of age, about 38 percent of babies exposed to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the womb experienced cold symptoms, compared to about 45 percent of the babies whose mothers were given a placebo supplement while they were pregnant. "The data suggested that for most of the symptoms we looked at, duration of symptoms was less when mothers received DHA. And, in the case of colds, the probability of a cold was slightly less. The effects seemed to be strongest early on after birth," said study senior author Usha Ramakrishnan, an associate professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. Ramakrishnan said it's probably too ... Read more

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heart Patients With Stents

Posted 26 May 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 26 – Combining omega-3 fatty acids with blood-thinning drugs may reduce the risk of heart attacks in patients who've had stents placed in their coronary arteries, a new European study suggests. While other research suggests that foods rich in omega-3s, including fatty fish such as salmon, help reduce the risk of heart problems in those with existing coronary artery disease, the new study is thought to be the first to look at the effect of the omega-3s on those treated with blood-thinning medications after stent placement. In people with heart disease, a stent is a small tube placed in a coronary artery to keep it open and to allow the normal flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. But if a blood clot forms at the stent site, it can block blood flow and result in life-threatening problems such as a heart attack. "Our results demonstrated improved clot properties and ... Read more

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Heart-Healthy Omega-3s Not Healthy for Prostate: Study

Posted 26 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25 – High levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in the blood may be associated with an increased risk for developing aggressive prostate cancer, while elevated levels of unhealthy trans-fatty acids may lower the risk, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from a U.S.-wide study of more than 3,400 men, and found that those with the highest blood percentages of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than those with the lowest DHA levels. DHA is an inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in fatty fish. In the study, the men consumed the DHA primarily from fish rather than fish oil supplements. The study also found that the risk of aggresive prostate cancer was 50 percent lower in men with the highest blood levels of trans-fatty acids, which are abundant in processed foods and ... Read more

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Fish Oil Promising Against Postpartum Depression in Small Trial

Posted 13 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12 – Consuming omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil capsules during pregnancy may reduce a woman's risk of postpartum depression, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 52 pregnant women who took either a placebo or a fish oil capsule containing 300 milligrams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) five days a week each week from weeks 24 to 40 of pregnancy. DHA is a prominent omega-3 fatty acid. After the babies were born, the researchers assessed the women for postpartum depression symptoms, such as sleeping and eating problems, anxiety, emotional issues, confusion, guilt, loss of self and thoughts of suicide. There weren't enough women in the study to determine if consuming DHA resulted in a lower incidence of postpartum depression. But women who took the fish oil capsules had significantly fewer symptoms of postpartum depression than those who took the placebo, said Dr. ... Read more

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Eating Fish Might Protect Your Eyesight

Posted 14 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 14 – Women who consume fish regularly – and the abundance of omega-3 fatty acids found in that meal choice – have a lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), new research suggests. This latest evidence of a protective link between fish oil and eye health mirrors past research that has found the same benefit. In this study, Harvard researchers performed a dietary analysis on more than 38,000 women. "Our observational data needs to be confirmed in randomized trials," cautioned study author William G. Christen, an associate professor with the division of preventive medicine in the department of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. "But already the message seems to be simple and strong," Christen added. "Fish oil, that is the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, that have long been thought to be protective ... Read more

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Fish Oil Seems to Help Cancer Patients Preserve Muscle

Posted 28 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 28 – Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy may be able to avoid the accompanying muscle loss and malnutrition by taking fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study involving just 40 lung cancer patients. Nevertheless, it raises hope that a simple, noninvasive intervention might go a long way towards countering the fatigue, poorer prognosis and impaired quality of life that can result from chemo-induced muscle mass loss. "Fish oil may prevent loss of weight and muscle by interfering with some of the pathways that are altered in advanced cancer," study author Dr. Vera Mazurak, of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, said in a news release. "This holds great promise, because currently there is no effective treatment for cancer-related malnutrition." Mazurak and her colleagues report their ... Read more

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Fish Oil May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

Posted 6 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 5 – For heart failure patients whose condition is controlled with standard care, omega-3 fatty acid supplements appear to improve their condition even more, a small study suggests. "Adding n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, even in patients that had a major improvement [on standard treatment], showed a further improvement in heart function and exercise capacity," said study co-author Dr. Mihai Gheorghiade, a professor of cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. This shows that even in patients who respond to therapy, "we can make them much better," he added. "This opens the door for the potential of a natural therapy – so-called macronutrients – in the management of heart failure." Gheorghiade cautioned that this study is not conclusive, but nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids might extend life and quality of life for these patients. The ... Read more

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Certain Formulations of Omega-3s Might Help With Depression

Posted 9 Dec 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 – Omega-3 fatty acids may help alleviate depression but only when a particular type of fatty acid called DHA is used in the right ratio with another fatty acid known as EPA, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed the results of some 15 previous controlled clinical trials on the use of omega-3s – commonly found in oily fish or in fish oil supplements – to treat depressed people. They found that when used by itself, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) alone did not seem to offer any benefit. However, DHA combined with a rather high dose of EPA (eicosapentenoic acid) did improve depressive symptoms. "Preparations with some EPA had some consistent antidepressant effects, while preparations of pure DHA had no antidepressant effects," said lead study author Dr. John Davis, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "I don't think we can prove it ... Read more

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Can Omega-3 Foods Prevent Eye Disease in Seniors?

Posted 1 Dec 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1 – Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids appears to protect seniors against the onset of a serious eye disease known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new analysis indicates. "Our study corroborates earlier findings that eating omega-3-rich fish and shellfish may protect against advanced AMD," study lead author Sheila K. West, of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a news release from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "While participants in all groups, including controls, averaged at least one serving of fish or shellfish per week, those who had advanced AMD were significantly less likely to consume high omega-3 fish and seafood," she added. The observations are published in the December issue of Ophthalmology. West and her colleagues based their findings on a fresh analysis of a one-year dietary survey ... Read more

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Omega-3 Supplements Won't Fight Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 15 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 15 – Omega-3 fatty acid supplements don't cut back on recurrences of atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that can cause stroke, new research suggests. "We now have definitive data that they don't work for most patients with AF [atrial fibrillation]," said Dr. Peter R. Kowey, lead author of a study appearing in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that is also scheduled to be presented Monday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Chicago. "Although we can't exclude the possibility of efficacy in sicker AF patients, it would be hard to believe that it would work in that population and not in healthier patients. So for practical purposes, yes, [this is] the end of the line in AF." This study, the largest of its kind, looked at patients with AF who were otherwise healthy. "We cannot say there is any convincing ... Read more

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Health Tip: Omega 3s Are Essential Fatty Acids

Posted 14 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Though the body needs omega 3 fatty acids, it doesn't make them. So you must get them from foods including fish, some plants or nut oils, the University of Maryland Medical Center says. The center says there's evidence that omega 3s may help people with these health conditions, or people at greater risk of acquiring them: High cholesterol. High blood pressure. Heart disease and stroke. Cancer of the colon, breast or prostate. Diabetes. Rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus. Osteoporosis. Mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Macular degeneration of the eye. Read more

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