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Can Eating Fish Make Kids Smarter?

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Myth has it that fish is brain food – but it just might be more than myth, a new study suggests. Kids who ate fish at least once a week had intelligence quotients, or IQs, that were nearly 5 points higher than the IQs for kids who ate less fish or none at all, the study found. Fish eaters also slept better. Though the study was done among Chinese children, American ...

There's Still No Proven Way to Prevent Alzheimer's

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – Medical science has failed to prove that any treatment, therapy or brain exercise can help prevent dementias such as Alzheimer's disease, an extensive new review has concluded. No medications, over-the-counter remedies or brain training programs have been proven in solid clinical trials to ward off dementia, researchers with the Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center in ...

Could Fish Oil, Vitamin D Help Ease Lupus?

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – People with lupus may fare better if they have enough vitamin D and omega-3 fats in their diet, preliminary research suggests. In separate studies, researchers linked the two nutrients – or lack thereof – to higher risks of certain lupus symptoms and complications. In one, lupus patients with low blood levels of vitamin D faced a higher risk of kidney damage than those ...

Benefits of Eating Seafood

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Seems like there's no end to the list of benefits from eating seafood. Ounce for ounce, you get more protein and less fat and fewer calories from most fish and shellfish. And there are heart-health benefits as well as weight-loss ones. But just how can you get more seafood in your diet if you've never been a fan? Here are easy ideas you can try right now. At home, start ...

Many Parents Don't Tell Doctor About 'Complementary' Therapy Use in Kids

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Parents often try unconventional treatments – such as acupuncture and herbal products – when their kids are sick, but many don't tell their pediatricians about it, a new report shows. Such omissions could be risky, especially when these young patients are already taking traditional medications, the report authors said. "The point we're making in this report is that ...

Broccoli Extract Shows Promise for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Your Mom may have been right about broccoli's goodness. A small study hints that a substance in the crunchy veggy may help some with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. Researchers found that a concentrated extract of the substance, called sulforaphane, helped obese type 2 diabetes patients rein in their stubbornly high blood sugar levels. The caveat, ...

FDA Warns 14 Companies on Bogus Cancer 'Cures'

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted warning letters to 14 companies that are selling more than 65 fake cancer treatments. The bogus products include pills, capsules, powders, creams, teas, oils and treatment and diagnostic kits. They're most commonly marketed and sold without FDA approval on websites and social media platforms, the FDA announcement ...

Health Tip: Pregnant Women Need Omega-3 Fats

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by

-- Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fatty fish, are an essential part of a healthy diet during pregnancy. Opt for these safer sources, recommends the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Choose fish that are low in mercury, such as salmon, catfish, cod and sardines. Avoid fish that are high in mercury, such as swordfish and shark. Eat foods fortified with DHA, or if your doctor ...

No Evidence Fish Oil in Pregnancy Makes for Brainier Kids

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – Popping prenatal supplements that contain fish oil won't make your child any smarter, a new study suggests. That finding comes from a seven-year follow-up of an earlier trial comparing use of supplements containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to use of a placebo during the last half of pregnancy. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish, like salmon, ...

Fish Oil Pills May Help After Heart Attack, Specialists Say

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest. Fish oil may help extend the lives of those patients, the heart association said. On the other hand, the supplements cannot be recommended for preventing heart problems in the first ...

Know Your Heart's Numbers

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – More than two-thirds of Americans fret about heart disease, but few know the specific information that can help them boost their heart health, a new survey finds. "Studies have suggested the majority of coronary artery disease events can be prevented by addressing treatable risk factors," said Dr. Steve Nissen, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. ...

Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Kids' Asthma Risk

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 – Women who take fish oil during their third trimester of pregnancy might cut their children's risk of developing asthma by as much as one-third, a new clinical trial suggests. The fish oil dose was high – with fatty acid levels that were 15 to 20 times more than the average American gets from food. But there were no significant side effects, according to lead researcher ...

Omega-3s a Recipe for Healthy Blood Pressure in Young Adults

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids – found in some fish and plant oils – may help young adults keep their blood pressure at a healthy level, new research suggests. In a study of more than 2,000 young, healthy adults, those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had the lowest blood pressure, said Dr. Mark Filipovic, a researcher at the ...

Health Tip: Kids Don't Need a Low-Fat Diet

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by

-- It's important for kids to eat well and to practice healthy habits, but a low-fat diet isn't necessary and may even be harmful, experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains: If dietary fats are replaced by added sugars in a child's diet, it may do more harm than good. Healthy fats are essential for brain growth and physical development. Healthy fats, such as those in wild-caught ...

Fatty Fish May Curb Eye Risks for Diabetics, Study Finds

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – Two servings of fish a week may be enough to lower the heightened risk for blindness that those with diabetes face, a new Spanish study suggests. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of type 2 diabetes resulting from a drop-off in blood supply to the patient's retina. According to lead researcher Aleix Sala-Vila, it is the most frequent cause of ...

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