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  • High Doses of Fish Oil Might Help Healing After Heart Attack

    08/01/2016 5:35:53 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Aug. 1, 2016 | James Bernstein
    Heart attack patients who took high doses of fish oil supplements for six months showed improved heart function and less scarring, researchers report. It is not yet precisely known how the large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in these supplements might have helped the healing process, but the results are encouraging, said study senior author Dr. Raymond Kwong. He is director of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In his study, 360 heart attack survivors were followed for six months. Half of them were given 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily for six...
  • Fish oil could help prevent Alzheimer's and also give you a bigger brain

    01/22/2014 7:14:40 PM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Jenny Hope
    Research shows people with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may also have larger brain volumes in old age This would be the equivalent to preserving one or two years of brain health. Eating more fish could give you a bigger brain - and greater protection against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, claim researchers. They found people with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may also have larger brain volumes in old age. This would be the equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, says a new study...
  • California teen recovers devastating coma thanks fish oil

    01/19/2014 2:56:27 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 01/15/2014 | JOEL LANDAU
    With their teenage son in a coma, a California family was willing to try anything to bring him back. And with a new type of treatment, their son has made a miraculous recovery — thanks to fish oil. Grant Virgin, now 17, of Palm Desert, Calif., was involved in a near-tragic car accident last September when an unidentified woman crashed into him and drove off — even after stopping to survey the damage, the Desert Sun reported. Virgin was in a coma and was in really bad shape.
  • Fish oil, Omega-3 causes huge increase in risk of prostate cancer

    07/16/2013 6:41:52 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 96 replies
    (AFP) – US scientists said Wednesday they have confirmed a surprising 2011 study that found a higher risk of prostate cancer among men who consume omega-3 fatty acids, raising new questions about the safety of supplements. The research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported a 71 percent higher risk for dangerous high-grade prostate cancer among men who ate fatty fish or took fish-oil supplements, which are often touted for their anti-inflammatory properties. A large European study also found the same omega-3 and prostate cancer link.
  • Nutri. Conventional Wisdom Takes It on Chin: Salt Harmless, Fish Oil Hikes Risk of Prostate Cancer

    07/11/2013 1:31:27 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies ^ | 7-11-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here it is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta admit a long-standing error. "There is no benefit in reducing salt." Again, from the Centers for Disease Control: "There is no benefit in reducing salt." They are correcting a long-standing error. These are the kind of stories I just eat up. I just lick these stories like a salt lick. I love these stories. I just love it when conventional wisdom is turned upside down, when the food Nazis are exposed as the deceitful frauds that they are. "A recent report commissioned by the Centers...
  • THE COUPON WHISPERER: FREE 1290 MG Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills

    06/06/2013 5:10:51 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    The Coupon Whisperer ^ | June 6, 2013 | PJ-Comix
    You should be taking Omega 3 fish oil (or flax seed oil) pills for your heart health. Problem is that these pills can be a bit pricey. If you want a bottle of 60 1290 MG fish oil pills the regular price runs between $10.49 and per $12.99 bottle. However, this week the sales price at Walgreens for the Sundown 1290 MG fish oil pills is only $7. But wait...THERE'S MORE!!! When you buy one of these Sundowns you get a Register Rewards printout for another $7. Normally if you use that register rewards on another Sundown, you won't...
  • Another Disappointing Study For Fish Oil Supplements

    05/08/2013 8:51:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/08/2013 | Larry Husten
    Another large study has failed to find any benefits for fish oil supplements. The Italian Risk and Prevention Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, enrolled 12,513 people who had not had a myocardial infarction but had evidence of atherosclerosis or had multiple cardiovascular risk factors. The patients were randomized to either a fish oil supplement (1 gram daily of n-3 fatty acids) or placebo. After 5 years of followup, the primary endpoint– the time to death from cardiovascular causes or admission to the hospital for cardiovascular causes– had occurred in 11.7% of the fish oil group versus...
  • Fish fatty acid protects vision in seniors

    06/05/2012 5:00:44 AM PDT · by Ragnar54 · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | May 31, 2012
    Yves Sauve and his team at University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry discovered laboratory models fed DHA did not accumulate a toxic molecule at the back of the eyes. The toxin normally builds up in the retina with age and causes vision loss, Sauve said.
  • Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkage

    12/28/2011 2:48:57 PM PST · by decimon · 29 replies
    Oregon State University ^ | December 28, 2011
    CORVALLIS, Ore. – New research has found that elderly people with higher levels of several vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had better performance on mental acuity tests and less of the brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's disease – while "junk food" diets produced just the opposite result. The study was among the first of its type to specifically measure a wide range of blood nutrient levels instead of basing findings on less precise data such as food questionnaires, and found positive effects of high levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and the healthy oils most...
  • Fish oil may hold key to leukemia cure (compound produced from fish oil)

    12/22/2011 8:34:40 AM PST · by decimon · 6 replies
    Penn State ^ | December 22, 2011
    A compound produced from fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the disease, according to Penn State researchers. The compound -- delta-12-protaglandin J3, or D12-PGJ3 -- targeted and killed the stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, in mice, said Sandeep Prabhu, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology in the Department of Veterinary and Medical Sciences. The compound is produced from EPA -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid -- an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and in fish oil, he said. "Research in the past on fatty acids has shown the health...
  • Rhode Island Hospital study identifies fish oil's impact on cognition and brain structure

    08/17/2011 7:39:51 AM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies
    Lifespan ^ | August 17, 2011 | Unknown
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital's Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center have found positive associations between fish oil supplements and cognitive functioning as well as differences in brain structure between users and non-users of fish oil supplements. The findings suggest possible benefits of fish oil supplements on brain health and aging. The results were reported at the recent International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, in Paris, France. The study was led by Lori Daiello, PharmD, a research scientist at the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center. Data for the analyses was obtained from the Alzheimer's...
  • Fish oil fights weight loss due to chemotherapy

    02/28/2011 6:11:53 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | February 28, 2011 | Unknown
    A new analysis has found that supplementing the diet with fish oil may prevent muscle and weight loss that commonly occurs in cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that fish oil may help combat cancer-related malnutrition. Chemotherapy can cause cancer patients to lose muscle mass and become malnourished, leading to fatigue, a decreased quality of life, an inability to receive necessary treatments, and shorter survival. Researchers suspect that supplementing the diet with fish oil—which contains omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid—may help patients maintain...
  • DHA 'fish oil' supplements do not seem to slow cognitive, functional decline in Alzheimer's disease

    11/02/2010 1:56:50 PM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    JAMA and Archives Journals ^ | November 2, 2010 | Unknown
    Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) who received supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), believed to possibly reduce the risk of AD, did not experience a reduction in the rate of cognitive and functional decline, compared to patients who received placebo, according to a study in the November 3 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on aging. Joseph F. Quinn, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University and the Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Ore., presented the findings of the study at a JAMA media briefing at the National Press Club. "Several studies have found...
  • Mouse Study May Help Explain Fish Oil's Benefits (reduces inflammation may prevent diabetes)

    09/03/2010 7:55:26 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 32 replies
    Business Week ^ | Sept. 3, 2010 | Jenifer Goodwin
    Feeding obese mice omega-3 fatty acids reduced inflammation that can lead to diabetes, a new study finds. 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," Talukdar explained.
  • Health Care and Fish Oil

    05/11/2010 8:07:54 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 30 replies · 739+ views ^ | 05/11/2010 | Mark Roberts
    Fish oil supplements are constantly touted for their seemingly miraculous health benefits because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, according to ABC News. For people with heart disease, omega-3 acids can greatly reduce the risk of heart attack or dying from heart failure. Consumers should not necessarily avoid fish oil supplements because of PCB concerns from elevated levels of toxins like mercury in the ocean. But if someone has a low risk of heart disease and is concerned, then he or she could stop taking the supplements until further testing is done on specific fish oil supplements. follow the guidelines from...
  • The cult of omega-3

    03/01/2010 4:36:49 PM PST · by decimon · 47 replies · 1,206+ views
    BBC ^ | Mar 1, 2010 | Brendan O'Neill
    Hardly a week goes by without a new health claim being made of eating oily fish. But is it really as magical as we are told?If there were a top 40 of good foods, a chart rundown of the right things to eat, then anything containing omega-3 fatty acids would have been number one for years. They even have their own international awareness day, which takes place this Wednesday. Omega-3 is the name given to a family of unsaturated fatty acids found mainly in oily fish, such as salmon, herring, sardines and anchovies, and also in eggs, meat, milk and...
  • Fish oil supplements 'beat psychotic mental illness'

    02/02/2010 12:32:31 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,039+ views
    bbc ^ | 2 February 2010
    Taking a daily fish oil capsule can stave off mental illness in those at highest risk, trial findings suggest. A three-month course of the supplement appeared to be as effective as drugs, cutting the rate of psychotic illness like schizophrenia by a quarter. The researchers believe it is the omega-3 in fish oil - already hailed for promoting healthy hearts - that has beneficial effects in the brain. A "natural" remedy would be welcomed, Archives of General Psychiatry says. "The finding that treatment with a natural substance may prevent, or at least delay, the onset of psychotic disorder gives hope...
  • Fish oil slows burn of genetic fuse in ageing, say scientists

    01/19/2010 2:02:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 2,532+ views ^ | 19 January 2010 | NA
    Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils have a direct effect on biological ageing, US research suggests Fish oil may be the true elixir of youth, according to new evidence of its effect on biological ageing. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil preserve the genetic "fuse" that determines the lifespan of cells, say scientists. The discovery, made in heart disease patients, may explain many of the claimed health benefits of omega-3. Taking fish oil supplements is said to protect against heart disease, improve survival rates after a heart attack, reduce mental decline in old age and help to prevent age-related changes...
  • Omega-3 fatty acids appear to impact AMD progression

    06/18/2009 3:01:23 PM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies · 704+ views
    Tufts University, Health Sciences ^ | Jun 18, 2009 | Unknown
    BOSTON (June 18, 2009) - Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as tuna and salmon may protect against progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but the benefits appear to depend on the stage of disease and whether certain supplements are taken, report researchers at the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research (LNVR), Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University. The researchers calculated intakes of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from dietary questionnaires administered to 2,924 men and women, aged 55 to 80 years, participating in an eight-year supplement trial, the...
  • Fish Oil Protects Against Diseases Like Parkinson's

    04/20/2009 1:25:41 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 710+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | Apr. 20, 2009)
    Dr. Nicolas Bazan, Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence, Boyd Professor, and Ernest C. and Yvette C. Villere Chair of Retinal Degenerative Diseases Research at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, will present new research findings showing that an omega three fatty acid in the diet protects brain cells by preventing the misfolding of a protein resulting from a gene mutation in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Huntington's....Dr. Bazan's laboratory discovered earlier that neuroprotectin D1 (NPD1), a naturally-occurring molecule in the human brain that is derived from DHA also promotes brain cell survival. In this system NPD1 is capable...
  • Anti-Alzheimer's Mechanism In Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found

    01/02/2008 6:32:19 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 54 replies · 240+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 2, 2008 | University of California - Los Angeles.
    It's good news that we are living longer, but bad news that the longer we live, the better our odds of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Many Alzheimer's researchers have long touted fish oil, by pill or diet, as an accessible and inexpensive "weapon" that may delay or prevent this debilitating disease. Now, UCLA scientists have confirmed that fish oil is indeed a deterrent against Alzheimer's, and they have identified the reasons why. Greg Cole, professor of medicine and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate director of UCLA's Alzheimer Disease Research Center, and his colleagues...
  • Omega-3 fatty acids protect against diabetes: study

    09/25/2007 3:34:26 PM PDT · by Dysart · 100 replies · 224+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 9-25-07 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A diet rich in fish and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids helped cut the risk that children with a family history of diabetes would develop the disease, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. whose study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It is exciting because it suggests we might be able to develop nutritional interventions to prevent diabetes."Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes in children. It occurs when the immune system goes haywire and starts attacking insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.No one knows exactly what triggers...
  • Omega-3 fatty acid tied to Alzheimer's prevention

    04/18/2007 9:41:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies · 1,074+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 04.18.07 | ANGELA STEWART
    A diet rich in a type of omega-3 fatty acid can help prevent Alzheimer's disease, and a newly discovered molecule might block enzymes in the brain that lead to plaque formations -- a hallmark of the progressive brain disorder -- two new studies suggest. In one of those studies, at the University of California, Irvine, scientists used genetically engineered mice and it is reportedly the first to show that an omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA for short, can slow the accumulation of tau, a protein that leads to plaque and tangles in brain tissue seen in...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 10-03-2006

    10/03/2006 6:36:10 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 526+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-03-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this comment first. I hope you're all taking fish oil 'fore shuffling off this mortal coil If your heart's feeling ill Take this little pill It's health from the sea, not the soil.
  • In Europe It’s Fish Oil After Heart Attacks, but Not in U.S.

    10/02/2006 9:15:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 100 replies · 2,886+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 3, 2006 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    ROME — Every patient in the cardiac care unit at the San Filippo Neri Hospital who survives a heart attack goes home with a prescription for purified fish oil, or omega-3 fatty acids. “It is clearly recommended in international guidelines,” said Dr. Massimo Santini, the hospital’s chief of cardiology, who added that it would be considered tantamount to malpractice in Italy to omit the drug. In a large number of studies, prescription fish oil has been shown to improve survival after heart attacks and to reduce fatal heart rhythms. The American College of Cardiology recently strengthened its position on the...
  • UCLA study shows altering fatty acid levels in diet may reduce prostate cancer growth rate

    08/07/2006 7:22:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 160+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 08.01.06 | Rachel Champeau
    UCLA study shows altering fatty acid levels in diet may reduce prostate cancer growth rate UCLA researchers found that altering the fatty acid ratio found in the typical Western diet to include more omega-3 fatty acids and decrease the amount of omega-6 fatty acids may reduce prostate cancer tumor growth rates and PSA levels. Published in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal Clinical Cancer Research, this initial animal-model study is one of the first to show the impact of diet on lowering an inflammatory response known to promote prostate cancer tumor progression and could lead to new treatment approaches....
  • Fish oil 'calms children better than Ritalin'

    06/21/2006 2:13:17 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 50 replies · 1,121+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20 June 2006 | FIONA MACRAE
    A daily dose of fish oil is better at treating hyperactivity than Ritalin - the 'chemical cosh' linked to the deaths of children, stunning research has revealed. Just six capsules a day of the naturally-occurring oil can vastly improve children's behaviour without any of the side-effects of Ritalin and related drugs. The controversial drugs can cause heart problems, dizziness and insomnia and have been blamed for the deaths of nine children in the UK and dozens more in the US. The new study provides a natural alternative - and gives fresh hope to the parents of the 30,000 British children...
  • Diet breakthrough for ADHD

    03/19/2006 4:49:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 67 replies · 2,355+ views
    Yahoo 7 Australia ^ | August 17, 2005 | Glenn Connley
    Australian researchers have discovered that fish oil rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids may improve attention spans and even help children with ADHD. Children with behavioural problems can seem like little terrors. But according to doctors, they are not problem kids: they are sick kids.   Experts have long debated whether or not attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) even exists, let alone an effective treatment or cure. But a new study has claimed results. Researchers at the University of South Australia and CSIRO studied 145 children with ADHD, giving some capsules containing fish oil high in omega 3 and...
  • Fish Oil May Not Help Prevent Cancer

    01/24/2006 11:08:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 206+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/06 | Lindsey Tanner - ap
    CHICAGO - Fish oil, seen as beneficial for reducing heart disease risks, probably doesn't help prevent cancer, according to a review of studies involving more than 700,000 patients. Researchers examined data from 38 studies that tracked patients for up to 30 years, and said most showed there is no cancer protection from omega-3 fatty acids. Although a few studies found some risk reduction for cancers of the breast, prostate and lung, those studies were relatively small and not definitive, said Dr. Catherine MacLean, the lead author and a researcher at the Rand Corp. and Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare...
  • The nude mouse tale: Omega-3 fats save the life of a terminal cancer patient

    12/01/2005 10:05:56 AM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 528+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 11.11.05 | Bob Conrad
    The nude mouse tale: Omega-3 fats save the life of a terminal cancer patient Category: Cancer/Oncology News Article Date: 11 Nov 2005 Ron Pardini is not a medical doctor. Yet he is seen as a hero by his cancer-stricken neighbor, "D.H." Pardini helped the 78-year-old after D.H. was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. "In 2000 he was told by his doctor he had only a few months to live," said Pardini, a professor of biochemistry and associate director of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Nevada, Reno. "But five years later, he is still alive, and has...
  • Health Experts Warn of Antidepressant Dangers for Children, Teens

    02/20/2004 9:33:45 AM PST · by Coleus · 46 replies · 6,043+ views
    CBN News ^ | 02.18.04
    Check your local listings for airtimes. (Current show is updated every weekday at 5pm EST.) HEALTH Health Experts Warn of Antidepressant Dangers for Children, Teens By Darla SittonCBN News Producer In America, Prozac is the only drug the FDA has "approved" for pediatric depression. – (CBN News) - As many as one in eight adolescents suffers from clinical depression. And these kids are often treated with anti-depressant drugs that have been tested and approved for adult use. But the drugs may not be safe for children. Corey Baadsgaard doesn't remember storming into his honors English class with a...
  • Fish Oil: Helping Modern Medicine Treat Breast Cancer

    10/30/2005 8:00:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 340+ views
    10.28.05 | Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS
    By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, October 19, 2005, abstracted from “Anticancer properties of propofol-docosahexaenoate and propofol-eicosapentaenoate on breast cancer cells” in the June 7, 2005 issue of Breast Cancer Research   Despite increases in technology, research, and education, breast cancer incidence in the U.S. has increased from one in twenty people in 1960 to one in eight today, with a woman being diagnosed every three minutes. In addition to the 216,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in 2004, 59,390 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, both expected to claim the lives of...
  • Fishy milk hits shelves in boost for healthy living [fish oil added to "Super Milk" in Scotland]

    07/27/2005 4:27:22 PM PDT · by summer · 90 replies · 819+ views
    The ^ | May 24, 2005 | LOUISE BARNETT
    A "SUPERMILK" containing Omega 3 fatty acids derived from oily fish is to go on sale this week. It is produced by cows which are given a special fish oil blend along with their normal feed. A 250ml serving contains ten times more of the Omega 3 acids known as DHA and EPA than regular milk but is said to taste the same. Omega 3 fatty acids tackle heart disease and ensure healthy nails, hair and skin. Claire Williamson, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, said many people in the UK do not eat the recommended one portion...
  • Fish Oil Compound Plus Anesthetic May Fight Breast Cancer (Combo cut tumor cell spread in 1/2)

    06/16/2005 10:37:56 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 26 replies · 730+ views
    A combination of omega-3 fatty acids, found naturally in oily fish, and the anesthetic propofol appears effective in fighting breast cancer and may provide the basis for the development of new drugs to treat the disease, researchers report. In laboratory tests, this combination reduced the ability of breast cancer cells to turn into malignant tumors -- inhibiting cancer cell migration by 50 percent and greatly reducing their metastatic activity, the study said. Researchers at the Methodist Research Institute and Indiana University in Indianapolis studied the effects on breast cancer cells of two omega-3 fatty acids - docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and...
  • Children's Diet Link To Disorders

    05/05/2005 7:36:01 AM PDT · by pwatson · 69 replies · 1,922+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday May 2, 2005 | Felicity Lawrence
    <p>Children's Diet Link To Disorders Study Shows Dramatic Effect of Fish Oil Supplement Study abstract follows.</p> <p>British children are suffering behavioural and learning disorders because their diets are deficient in vital nutrients needed for their brains to function normally, a study reveals today. Rigorous scientific research shows that the performance of underachieving children, some of whom were also disruptive, improved dramatically when their diets were supplemented with fish oils. The fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for brain development and function but are largely missing from modern processed diets. The study, published in this month's issue of the American journal Pediatrics and conducted by researchers from Oxford University's department of physiology, found that some 40% of the children made dramatic improvements in reading and spelling when given supplements high in omega-3 essential fats. The data also shows a significant improvement in concentration and behaviour. Symptoms of the sort associated with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were reduced by an order of magnitude usually achieved with stimulants such as Ritalin. Parents reported that other health problems, such as eczema and asthma, also improved, although no specific data on these other conditions has been published in the study. The research looked at 117 children aged five to 12 in 12 schools in Co Durham who were of normal ability but were underachieving and were suspected of having problems with coordination or motor skills, a condition known as dyspraxia. Dyspraxia is thought to affect at least 5% of British children to varying degrees - they may struggle to tie shoelaces or balance, for example. The disorder frequently overlaps with dyslexia and ADHD, and is part of a range of conditions that include autistic spectrum disorders. Researchers have been trying to establish why there has been a fourfold rise in these types of disorders in the past 15 to 20 years. The Durham study followed a rigorous scientific method called a randomised double blind placebo-controlled trial. Children were assessed for their motor skills, IQ, reading, spelling and behaviour. Testing confirmed they had dyspraxia. Half were given supplements of essential fats, over three months, and half were given placebos of olive oil. Neither the children nor the assessors knew which was receiving which. After three months, the placebo group were also given the supplements. Children on the supplements of omega-3 fatty acids made nine to 10 months' progress in their reading in three months, compared with the control group, who made the normal progress of three months. When the group on placebos was switched to active supplements, it too made similar leaps in progress. None of the children had been diagnosed as suffering from ADHD, although a third were found to have sufficient problems to put them in this category. After three months of fish oils, half of them showed so much improvement that they no longer fell into this category. The early results of the research, which began in 2002, were so dramatic that they attracted considerable publicity before the codes to establish which group had been on the fish oils and which had been on placebos had been broken. Now that the full data is available it proves what has been increasingly feared by parents and teachers - that children's diets today are inadequate for their basic needs. Dr Alexandra Richardson, who led the research, said: "Food affects behaviour. If you paid attention to diet, you could really make a difference."</p>
  • How Fish Oil Protects Your Heart

    01/12/2005 10:42:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 669+ views
    How Fish Oil Protects Your Heart   While there are many (unnecessary) pharmacological treatments for the prevention and management of coronary heart disease, both health professionals as well as the public believe simple dietary interventions may prove to be more beneficial. Specifically, omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oils can protect against cardiovascular disease.Omega-3 Protects Your HeartFollowing are just some of the benefits omega-3 has to offer: Antiarrhythmic: counteracting or preventing cardiac arrhythmia Antithrombotic: tending to prevent thrombosis (a blood clot within a blood vessel) Antiatherosclerotic: preventing fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of the arteries...
  • New Studies Question Value of Opening Arteries

    03/21/2004 7:02:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 509+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    A new and emerging understanding of how heart attacks occur indicates that increasingly popular aggressive treatments may be doing little or nothing to prevent them. The artery-opening methods, like bypass surgery and stents, the widely used wire cages that hold plaque against an artery wall, can alleviate crushing chest pain. Stents can also rescue someone in the midst of a heart attack by destroying an obstruction and holding the closed artery open. But the new model of heart disease shows that the vast majority of heart attacks do not originate with obstructions that narrow arteries. Instead, recent and continuing studies...
  • Fish oil tablets 'could fight chronic fatigue syndrome'

    09/05/2002 8:48:23 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 55 replies · 4,734+ views
    BBC News ^ | 9/5/02
    Chronic fatigue syndrome or ME may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, according to doctors. They have also suggested that taking certain fish oil supplements may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the condition. Chronic fatigue syndrome affects an estimated 243,000 people of all ages in the UK. It causes a wide range of symptoms including muscle pain, memory loss, and severe exhaustion which can last many years and leave victims bed-ridden. Dr Basant Puri and colleagues at Hammersmith Hospital in London used state-of-the-art scanning technology to assess chemical activity in the brain. They...