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6/15/05

HealthWise at 5 From 6.15

  • Fish Oil Defibrillators

Past studies have shown that fish oil can help improve heart health, but a new study has found that among a particular group of heart patients, those who have implantable defibrillators, fish oil may not be a good idea. Researchers studied 200 patients with implantable defibrillators, giving half fish oil and half a placebo. Their findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"The patients that were given fish oil had an increased risk of dangerous heart rhythms compared to patients that were given placebo," says Merritt Raitt M.D., at Portland VA Medical Center.

Remember, this is only among those who had been treated with an implantable defibrillator. The study in JAMA reminds patients that although fish oil is thought to be heart healthy, always talk to your doctor first before taking any supplements to make sure it is the right thing for you.

  • Smoking Obesity

Here is another reason to lose weight and quit smoking, so you can hold onto your youth. A new study suggests smoking cigarettes or being overweight could speed up the aging process. Researchers have actually spotted markers in the blood of obese women or women who smoke. They act like switches that flip on to accelerate aging patterns, compared to lean women or women who don't smoke. The difference between being lean and obese corresponded to almost nine years of aging. Smoking a pack a day for 40 years increased aging by about 7 years.

  • Boys Out Number Girls

Baby boys are on the increase compared to baby girls. The CDC says the newest count indicates the number of boy births jumped way over the number of little girls in the nursery, by about 94,000 babies in 2002. It turns out though that boys have always outnumbered girls, by at least 91,000 every year since 1940.

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