Reuters (10/11, Joelving) reports that, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, chocolate consumption may be linked to a reduced risk of stroke.
HealthDay (10/11, Gordon) reports, "The study included more than 33,000 Swedish women between the ages of 49 and 83. None of the women had any history of stroke, heart disease, cancer or diabetes when the study began in 1997."
MedPage Today (10/11, Phend) reports, "Overall stroke risk dropped 14% with each 50 g (1.8 oz) of chocolate a woman ate each week after accounting for other factors." The investigators found that "cerebral infarction risk similarly fell 12% for those eating the equivalent of about 1.2 chocolate bars or 100 chocolate chips (adjusted relative risk 0.88, 95% confidence interval 0.77 to 0.96)." Meanwhile, "hemorrhagic stroke risk dropped 27% per 50 g of weekly consumption (adjusted RR 0.73, 95% CI 0.54 to 0.99)." WebMD (10/11, Doheny) also covered the
POSTED BY STEVEN ALMANY, MD