Doctor's Orders: Jun. 27, 2005

FISH OIL: NOT A CURE FOR ALL Fish-oil capsules may do more harm than good for heart patients with implanted defibrillators, suggests a study in J.A.M.A. After six months, 46% of the patients taking fish oil had abnormal heart rhythms, compared with 36% of patients in the placebo group.

SOME TANS ARE HEALTHY A sun-kissed glow may bring a hidden benefit, according to a new study in Cancer Research: a lower risk of prostate cancer. The study of 905 Caucasian Californians found that as men's skin got darker, their prostate-cancer risk got smaller. Men with the highest levels of sun exposure...

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