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Omega-3 studies

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Finnish adults who ate fish less than once a week were 31% more likely to suffer mild to severe depressive symptoms than those who ate it more frequently, according to a study presented at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Chicago May 16. Antti Tanskanen, MD, University of Kuopio, Finland, et al., surveyed 3,403 adults about depressive symptoms and fish consumption frequency, leading researchers to conclude infrequent use could lead to low intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, increasing the risk of depression. An NIH-sponsored study examining the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in treating major depression and bipolar disorder currently is recruiting patients (1"The Tan Sheet" March 20, p. 12)

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