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Cape Gazette HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 - THURSDAY. DECEMBER 8. 201" 251 in my previous column, I explained effective uses for improving health with fish oil. Today's column is about ineffective uses offish oil. Fish oil is touted so often that it's beginning to sound like a cure-all. It isn't. And you have to be careful taking it. High doses of fish oil can be dangerous. Al- ways check with your doctor be- fore changing your intake of foods or supplements. You get fish oil directly from fish or by taking supplements made from oily fish. Fish loaded with beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include an- chovy, bluefish, herring, macker- el, menhaden, mullet, salmon, sardines, sturgeon, trout and tu- na. Fish oil is recommended for many conditions. How effective is it? The Natural Medicines Com- prehensive Database provides ratings for fish oil. According to the ratings, fish oil is effective for lowering triglycerides, blood fat related to cholesterol. It is rated as likely effective for lowering the risk of dying from heart disease. And it's possibly effective for many conditions in- cluding high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and stroke. The following are some of the negative ratings in the database: Possibly Ineffective Gum infection (gingivitis), liv- er disease, leg pain caused by blood flow problems (claudica- tion), preventing migraine headaches, preventing muscle soreness caused by physical ex- ercise, breast pain. skin rashes caused by allergic reactions, and stomach ulcers. Likely Ineffective Type 2 diabetes. Insufficient Evidence To Rate Allergies. Some research sug- gests that mothers who take fish oil supplements during the late stages of pregnancy may lower the occurrence of allergies in their children. Mzheimer's disease. There is some preliminary evidence that fish oil may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. But it does- n't seem to help prevent a de- It/ PREGNANCY,COMPLICATIONS, THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE THAT TAKING FreSH OiL DUR1NG THE EAST TEN WEEKS OF PREGNANCY CAN FI/ELP PREVENT PREMATURE DELIVERY. cline in thinking skills for most people who already have mild- to-moderate Alzheimer's dis- ease. Atrial fibrillation. Research studies into the effects of fish oil on atrial fibrillation have pro- duced conflicting results. Depression. There is inconsis- tent information about the effect of taking fish oil on depression. Some research shows that taking fish oil along with an antidepres- sant might help improve symp- toms. But other research shows that taking fish oil does not im- prove symptoms. Dry eye syndrome. Some re- search links eating more fish with a lower risk of getting dry eye syndrome in women. Cancer. Research studies into the effects of fish oil on cancer prevention have produced con- flicting results. Cataracts. There is some evi- dence that eating fish three times a week can modestly low- er the risk of developing cataracts. Chronic fatigue syndrome. There is some conflicting evi- dence about the use of a product (Efamol Marine) that combines fish oil and evening primrose oil to reduce the symptoms of CFS. Chronic kidney disease. Pre- liminary evidence shows that fish oil might have benefit for some people with chronic kid- ney disease who are receiving dialysis treatments, Ulcerative colitis. Research studies into the effects of fish oil on ulcerative cofitis have pro- duced conflicting results. Pregnancy complications. There is some evidence that tak- ing fish oil during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy can help prevent premature delivery. Systemic lupus erythemato- sus. Research shows conflicting results. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of "How to be a Healthy Geezer" at Free mammograms for qualifying women Dec. 8 Beebe Medical Center's Tunnell Cancer Center is offering free mainmograms for women who qualify, along with clinical breast ex- ams and breast health education from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at Tunnell Cancer Center on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach. Preregistration is required for a no-cost mammogram and-clinical breast exam prior to the event. To register, call 302-645-3100, Ext. 2718 or 302-645-3169. Free transportation can be arranged to and from the screening site. 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These awards bring to 29 the AFFORDABLE iNSURANCE number of states that are making EXCHANGES, ONE-STOP significant progress in creating Affordable Insurance Exchanges. MARKETPLACES WHERE These exchanges were created CONSUMERS CAN CHOOSE A by the Affordable Care Act and PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE are designed to take the guess- work and confusion out of buy- PLAN. ing health insurance. Nearly $220 million in exchange grants was HHS also released several Fre- awarded to states recently, quently Asked Questions provid- The Delaware Department of ing answers to key questions Health and Social Services will states need to knowas they work receive more than $3 million that to setup these new market- the s ate will use to develop a places. Critical among these is single, streamlined eligibility that states that run exchanges process for all medical assistance have more options than original- programs including Medicaid, lyproposed when it comes to de- Delaware Healthy Children (the termining eligibility for tax cred- state's Children Health Insur- its and Medicaid. States have un- ance Program) and the Afford- til ]une 2012 to apply for Level able Insurance Exchange. The Continued on page 27 We now have Walk-In Clinics for current patients of Pediatric & Adolescent Center, Open Monday & Friday 8:30-noon Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-10:30 No Appointments Necessary First come, first served. Jay Ludwicki, M.D. Jenna Seiff, M.D. Corder Campbell M.D. Maria Childers, M.D. Kelly Phillips, C.EN.P. Nancy Smith, N.P. Now Accepting New Patients FLU SHOT APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE-NOW PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT CENTER 424 Mulberry St., Milton, DE (302) 684-0$6 !