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Turning the conventional medical wisdom on its head, a study has found that a diet extremely low in saturated fat may raise the risk of a rare type of stroke in some women.

But researchers cautioned that the study does not mean that people should stop trying to reduce the amount of saturated fat they eat.

"I wouldn't want to give anyone the impression here's an example where saturated fat is good for you," said Dr. Meir J. Stampfer, co-author of the study and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. "We still want people to eat a low saturated fat diet."

The researchers analyzed data from the long-running Nurses' Health Study that began in 1980 with 85,764 women. By 1996, the ones who ate the least saturated fat (about 20 grams per day) were about twice as likely as women eating moderate amounts (25 to 36 grams) to have suffered a particular type of stroke called an intraparenchymal hemorrhage.

Stampfer said the extremely low fat intake may contribute to a structural weakness in blood vessels that causes them to rupture.

Oldest Indian trading post
on Route 66 gutted by fire

SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) -- Fire has destroyed a building that was described as the oldest Indian trading post along the original Route 66.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of Sunday's six-hour blaze that gutted the now-vacant Santo Domingo Indian Trading Post, part of which was built in 1881.

"It's a significant building. It's closely tied with the railroad and rise of automobile tourism," said David Kammer, a historian who conducted an inventory of historic buildings.

Firefighters hauled water by truck to the building, which is on tribal land just north of the pueblo village and about 30 miles north of Albuquerque.

In 1926, the first alignment of Route 66 passed in front of the trading post, Kammer said. The trading post continued to thrive after Route 66 -- which eventually spanned 2,400 miles between Chicago and Santa Monica, Calif. -- was realigned in 1937.

Fred Thompson, bought the property in 1950, and it closed after Thompson's death in 1994.

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