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eVitality January 2011
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Photo of fishWomen who eat a lot of red meat have an increased risk for heart disease, according to a 26-year study of 84,136 women published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.

However, substituting fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, and nuts for red meat can significantly reduce that risk, the study authors suggest.

The study found women who ate the most red meat (more than two servings a day) faced the highest risk for heart disease. Compared with women who ate one serving a day of red meat, women who ate one serving a day of a different protein-rich food had a:

  • 30 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of nuts
  • 24 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of fish
  • 19 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of poultry
  • 13 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of low-fat dairy

Parents should be wary about health information they find on the Internet, especially if this online material may be the only health care advice they seek and use.

In a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, British researchers performed Google searches on five children’s health issues. Of the first 100 websites cited for each condition, 11 percent gave incorrect information, 49 percent provided irrelevant information, and 39 percent offered information that was judged to be correct and consistent with scientific evidence.

Government sites were found to be the most accurate.

Almost 20 percent of American teens have signs of hearing loss, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The researchers looked at data on 1,771 12-to-19-year-olds from across the U.S. and found one out of five had some evidence of hearing loss. One out of 20 had at least mild hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss has increased by about one-third in roughly 15 years. These losses are enough to harm social development, communication skills, and educational achievement. An earlier Australian study found exposure to loud music on personal listening devices was associated with a 70 percent risk for hearing loss.

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