Research Roundup

November 2008 Issue

Research Roundup - November 2008

Taking a daily omega-3 supplement could reduce the risk of dying from heart failure, in which the heart gradually loses its ability to pump blood. Those were the findings of Italian researchers who conducted a multi-center study of almost 7,000 heart failure patients, who were given either a placebo or one gram of omega-3s a day for four years. Those who received the supplement were hospitalized less and fewer of them died. Though the difference was not statistically significant, the researchers saw promise because benefit occurred in people who had already tried conventional therapies that failed.

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