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Eating Fish Helps Heart of Diabetics, Too

Mon Mar 31, 2003

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with diabetes also appear to receive the heart-healthy benefits of a diet rich in fish, researchers said Monday.

Among women with diabetes -- a condition that places them at especially high risk of cardiovascular disease -- the more fish they ate, the less likely they were to develop heart disease over a 16 year period.


'Soy to the Rescue,'

Prevention Magazine Says; Helps Prevent Hot Flashes, Has Extra Benefits


WASHINGTON, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Soy products not only can help women
relieve hot flashes, but soy also has extra benefits, a leading consumer
health magazine, Prevention, reports.

Recent research has warned against hormone therapy for relief, Allison
Sarubin Fragakis, a registered dietician, writes in an article entitled "What
Now for Hot Flashes?" Hormone therapy, whether estrogen alone or estrogen


Tea Complements Drugs in Fight Against Colon Cancer

03-31-2003 CORVALLIS, Ore. – 

A new study has found that consumption of moderate amounts of green or white tea might provide a protection against colon tumors about as well as a prescription drug, sulindac, that has been shown to be effective for that purpose.

The research was just published in the journal Carcinogenesis by scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, in studies funded by the National Cancer Institute.


Too Much Meat May Worsen Mild Kidney Disease

Tue Mar 18, 2003

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A diet heavy in meat may help speed kidney decline in women with mild kidney dysfunction, a study released Monday suggests.

On the other hand, researchers found that a relatively high protein intake--an approach many are now using to shed unwanted pounds--does not appear to promote kidney problems in women with healthy kidneys.


Beef vs. Bagels: Food Companies Take on Dr. Atkins

Mon Mar 17, 2003

By Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK (Reuters) - It has been months since Tina Moore last bit into a bagel or a slice of toast.

"Protein is good. Carbs are bad," says 41-year-old Moore, who altered her diet five years ago in a bid to lose weight.

Moore, the owner of a hair salon, is one of the estimated 15 million-plus Americans seen as devoted followers of dieting guru Dr. Robert Atkins, who recommends eating protein for those who want to rid themselves of unwanted weight and keep the pounds off.


Citrus, Zinc May Cut Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

Wed Feb 19, 2003

By Stephanie Riesenman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Zinc and an antioxidant found in citrus fruit may lower the risk for rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests, but the researchers say the findings are preliminary and there are still no well-defined risk factors for the disease.

The researchers looked at nearly 30,000 women from the Iowa Women's Health Study. All had answered a food questionnaire in 1986 that assessed how much and how often they ate certain foods as well as their vitamin and supplement intake.