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February 25, 2002 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR
We often don't acquire a taste for fish until adulthood--unless you count fish sticks, which sometimes end up as a favorite toddler food. But fish is an important part of a healthy diet, and a taste well worth acquiring. The research on fish eaters is mixed. Some studies show that the rate of heart disease is lower in countries where fish is a major part of the diet. But research from Finland, where fish consumption is high, shows that the rate of heart disease is also high.
September 3, 2001 | TIMOTHY GOWER, Massachusetts freelance writer Timothy Gower can be reached by e-mail at
Stalking a tuna on the high seas. Fly-fishing in an icy mountain stream. For many men, no pastime is more gratifying than reeling in a big catch. Yet, how often does the average guy open a restaurant menu and wonder, "Gee, should I have the salmon almondine or Chilean sea bass?" Not nearly often enough, according to a couple of recent studies that underscore the importance of fish in the male diet.
July 26, 1999 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR, Dr. Sheldon Margen is professor of public health at UC Berkeley; Dale A. Ogar is managing editor of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. They are the authors of several books, including "The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition."
As anyone who fishes can tell you, sometimes, just when you think you've reeled in a big one, a wave comes along and your catch gets away. If you will allow us to torture that analogy a little bit, we would say that health research is a lot like fishing and the question of whether fish should be a regular part of a healthy diet is a perfect example.
May 3, 1999 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II
Fish oil, long touted as an aid to reducing cholesterol, may prove effective in treating manic depression, according to a preliminary study of 44 patients at Harvard University. The results from that study were so positive that the study was ended prematurely, and all of the patients were given the food supplement. Fish oil is especially high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been associated with other health benefits.
October 26, 1997 | Associated Press
A white, glue-like substance that washed ashore at Sunset State Beach, along with more than 15 dead shorebirds, is a nontoxic fish oil, officials said Saturday. The oil--which can be found in large slicks in Monterey Bay--poses no threat to humans. However, once birds dive into it, many are not able to fly and often die of hypothermia, officials said.
July 31, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
American women who took fish oil capsules for just three months experienced changes in breast tissue that some researchers think may lower their risk of breast cancer, UCLA researchers say. Asian women have about one-third as much breast cancer as American women. Their breasts also contain a higher amount of a fatty acid called omega-3, which is found primarily in fish. Some researchers think this increased level of omega-3 may exert a protective effect in the breasts.
February 21, 1993 | Reuters
Drugs derived from plant and fish oils are showing early promise in treating a range of cancers, researchers said Friday. Their applications could range from reducing the side effects of radiotherapy to use in so-called photodynamic therapy, to "magic bullets" that would seek out and destroy cancer cells without harming normal tissues. Clinical trials on the drugs, developed by Anglo-Canadian Scotia Pharmaceutical, are now under way after promising tests in tissue culture and on animals.
The Food and Drug Administration has decided to halt the marketing of fish oil pills, concluding that they offer no known medical benefits. "At the present time, there is inadequate scientific evidence to support health claims on fish oils or to support claims that these ingredients have an effect on the risk of coronary heart disease," the agency told manufacturers. The agency added that the safety of the product when taken over a long period has not been proven.
March 1, 1990 | JEAN CARPER, Carper is a medical and nutrition writer and the author of 15 books, including "The Food Pharmacy."
Could eating more fish or taking fish-oil capsules help thwart breast cancer? Some researchers think so. Dr. Rashida Karmali, associate professor of nutrition at Rutgers University, has found that supplements of fish oil, equal to what Japanese women commonly eat in fish, did suppress biological signs of developing cancer in women most apt to get breast cancer.
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