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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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Fish Oil Supplements May Not Slow Alzheimer's

Posted 3 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 2 – One of the main components of fish oil doesn't help slow the development of symptoms in patients with early Alzheimer's, although experts aren't ruling out the possibility that supplementation given earlier might help prevent the disease. The supplement, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is present in abundance in the brain and previous studies had suggested it might play a role in treatment. But that turned out not to be the case in this latest study, which was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging and appears in the Nov. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Unfortunately, we have a very solid, but very negative, result that DHA supplementation did not slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease," study author Dr. Joseph Quinn said during a Tuesday news conference. "It's not going to help once a patient has already reached the point where ... Read more

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Fish Oil Might Help Fight Gum Disease

Posted 26 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 26 – Eating even moderate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in foods such as salmon and other fatty fish, may help ward off gum disease, new research suggests. Researchers divided nearly 9,200 adults aged 20 and up participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2004 into three groups based on their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption was assessed by asking participants to recall exactly what they'd eaten during the prior 24 hours. Dental exams showed participants in the middle and upper third for omega-3 fatty acid consumption were between 23 percent and 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who consumed the least amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Specifically, the researchers found that the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were associated with less ... Read more

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Fish Oil Pills Don't Affect Postpartum Depression: Study

Posted 19 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 – Although some studies have shown a benefit to mothers and their infants from taking supplemental fish oil in the form of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a new Australian study finds no such benefit. In this large randomized, controlled study of more than 2,000 pregnant women, the researchers found no benefit from DHA in reducing levels of postpartum depression or improving thinking skills (cognitive) and language development in babies. "Our data suggest that there is no need for apparently healthy pregnant women to take DHA supplements," said lead researcher Maria Makrides, from Women's and Children's Health Research Institute in Adelaide, Australia. "Further work is needed to determine the potential benefits of DHA supplementation for women with a history or depression and for women at risk of having a premature baby," she added. The report is published in the Oct. 20 ... Read more

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Mouse Study May Help Explain Fish Oil's Benefits

Posted 5 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 3 – Feeding obese mice omega-3 fatty acids reduced inflammation that can lead to diabetes, a new study finds. Fish oil supplements that contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most popular dietary supplements in the United States. While omega-3 fatty acids are widely believed to be beneficial, exactly how they work hasn't been well understood, said study co-author Saswata Talukdar, a post-doctoral fellow at University of California, San Diego. By studying fat tissue in the mice consuming fish oil, researchers found omega-3 fatty acids seem to act on a particular receptor on cells, GPR120, which, when activated, blocks inflammatory processes. Chronic inflammation can lead to insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. Therefore, "if we can fix the inflammation part, it's possible that we could prevent insulin resistance or even ameliorate diabetes," ... Read more

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