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Connecticut Center for Health: July 2003 Archives

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Fish Oil May Relieve Stubborn Depression

Daily supplements of an omega-3 fatty acid - found in fish and fish oil - may help alleviate the symptoms of depression in people who do not respond to antidepressant medications, new research findings suggest. Physicians at the Swallownest Court Hospital in Sheffield, England found that depressed patients who received a daily dose of at least 1 gram of an omega-3 fatty acid for 12 weeks experienced a decrease in their symptoms, such as...

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B Vitamins May Prevent Depression

New findings suggests that some people with depression might have problems metabolizing the B vitamin folate, also known as folic acid. Investigators in Norway found that depression occurred more commonly in people who had high levels of the amino acid homocysteine in their blood, and in those who carried a form of a gene that encodes a protein involved in processing folate. The findings were based on blood samples from 5,948 people between the...

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Diabetes Tied to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

The Nurses Health Study, one of the largest health studies of women ever conducted, has shown that diabetic women are 17% more likely to develop breast cancer than those who don't have diabetes. The link was found among postmenopausal women but not premenopausal women. This is yet another reason to keep your insulin and blood sugar under control. Source: Diabetes Care, 2003; 26:1752-1758...

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"Pre-Diabetics" Are More Likely to Die of Cancer

Previous studies have shown that people who have difficulty processing blood sugar are at risk of diabetes and heart disease. Now new research suggests they may also be at increased risk of dying from cancer. A "pre-diabetic" is someone with impaired glucose tolerance. An estimated 15% - 25% of the adult population has impaired glucose tolerance, also known as insulin resistance or "Syndrome X". Impaired glucose tolerance is marked by elevated blood sugar levels...

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