WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, June 17th, 2024

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Health Alert: Risk Factors for Chronic Post-Concussion Headaches. Headaches are common in patients recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), with most resolving within three months. However, 1 in 4 such individuals will continue to experience headaches for a year or longer. An analysis of data from the Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury study identified the following predictors for recurrent headaches in TBI patients: younger age, severe TBI symptoms, fatigue, neck pain, and vision problems.                                    Journal of Headache and Pain, March 2024

Diet: Probiotics In Kombucha Mimic Fasting, Reduce Fat Stores. An animal study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that microbes in kombucha tea can alter gene expression related to fat metabolism in worms in a manner similar to intermittent fasting. Future research is needed to determine if these benefits extend to humans.                                                                                                                PLOS One, April 2024

Exercise: Active Lifestyle May Protect Against Pain Linked to Prolonged Sitting at a Desk. An analysis from a long-term study that included more than 2,000 German workers found that the risk for musculoskeletal pain in employees who spend most of their workday sitting is 30-46% greater among those who rarely, if ever,
engage in leisure time physical activity.                                                                              Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, March 2024

Chiropractic: Chiropractic Helps Radicular Low Back Pain Patients Avoid Opioids. Among a group of more than 2,300 patients with new-onset radicular low back pain, those who initially sought treatment from a doctor of chiropractic were 68% less likely to receive a subsequent prescription for tramadol, a less potent opioid, in the following year than patients who first received usual medical care.                                        BMJ Open, May 2024

Mental Attitude: Mood Disorders May Affect Teen Driving Privileges. According to a recent study, adolescents with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder are 30% less likely than their peers to obtain a driver’s license. Additionally, teenagers with mood disorders are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle collisions and to lose their license.                                                                                                                                JAMA Network Open, April 2024

 Wellness/Prevention: Blood Test Shows Promise in Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer. Due to nonspecific symptoms, pancreatic cancer is often only diagnosed at advanced stages when a good outcome is less likely. Researchers have developed a blood test that looks for small RNA particles and larger DNA fragments
linked to early-stage pancreatic cancer with a 97% accuracy. Once approved, it’s hoped this blood test can serve as a non-invasive tool for early pancreatic cancer detection.
American Association for Cancer Research, April 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, June 10th, 2024

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Health Alert: Cardiac Comorbidities Can Worsen Knee Replacement Outcomes. Among a sample of more than 380,000 patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA), researchers observed that those with preexisting cardiac comorbidities (such as congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, valvular dysfunction, and arrhythmia) have an elevated risk for adverse outcomes including a longer hospital stay, heart attack, acute kidney injury, transfusion, thromboembolic events, and infection. The authors conclude, “As our use of TKA rises, a lower threshold for preoperative cardiology referral in older individuals and early preoperative
counseling/intervention in those with known cardiac disease may be necessary to reduce adverse outcomes.”
Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery, April 2024

Diet: Vitamin C May Benefit Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually affects the small joints in the hands and feet. A recent animal study found that a vitamin C supplement given to mice with rheumatoid arthritis stimulated changes in the gut microbiota that led to a
reduction in several inflammatory biomarkers. The findings suggest that vitamin C has a role in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.                                                                Bioscience Trends, April 2024

Exercise: Just an Extra 1,500 Steps a Day… For patients at elevated risk for heart disease, a recent study found that increasing one’s daily step count by 1,500 steps can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease-related
death by 10%.                                                                                                                              Circulation, April 2024

Chiropractic: Treating Frozen Shoulder. Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is described as a painful restriction of the shoulder’s range of motion. Among a group of 20 adhesive capsulitis patients, those who received a multimodal treatment plan that included specific exercises, heat therapy, and manual therapies—an approach that patients may encounter in a chiropractic setting—reported significant
improvements with respect to pain, function, and range of motion.                                    Cureus, January 2024

Mental Attitude: Spending Time in Nature Benefits Kids’ Mental Health. Researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina report that the more green space (parks, trails, and other nature settings) within .75 miles of a young child’s home, the less likely they’ll
experience symptoms of a mood disorder by age five.                                                                JAMA Network Open, April 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Even Small Vision Issues Lead to Worse Grades. To underscore the importance of regular eye exams, a recent study found that children with nearsighted vision that remains uncorrected receive lower grades than their peers who wear glasses or do not have vision problems.                                                                              BMC Pediatrics, March 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday June 3rd, 2024

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Health Alert: Gene Discovery May Offer New Avenue to Combat Alzheimer’s. In a recent study that included individuals at elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease, researchers observed that those who did not develop the neurodegenerative condition carried a gene variant that helps the brain more efficiently remove the beta amyloid plaques from the brain that are a hallmark of the disease. If scientists are able to develop a therapy that mimics the gene’s effect in the brain, it’s hoped that Alzheimer’s cases may be reduced by up to 70%.
Columbia University, April 2024

Diet: Intermittent Fasting Benefits Intestinal Health. Intermittent fasting is a dietary strategy that alternates between periods of eating and fasting, typically within a structured time frame each day or week. A recent animal study found that intermittent fasting is associated with reduced inflammation and improved glucose control in the small intestine, which suggests this dietary practice may improve intestinal health.
American Physiology Summit, April 2024

Exercise: Sedentary Behaviors Raises COPD Risk. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult, and it is a leading cause of death in the United States. An analysis of data from several long-term studies found that for every 2.8 hours an individual averages per day watching television, their risk for COPD doubles.                                                                                    BMJ Open Respiratory Research, April 2024

Chiropractic: Manual Therapy’s Impact on Ankle Dorsiflexion. For individuals with reduced ankle dorsiflexion following a lower limb injury, a recent study found that ankle joint mobilization and calf muscle massage are effective interventions for improving ankle range of motion. Doctors of chiropractic are trained in the use of these and other therapies in the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the extremities,
including the ankle and foot.                                                                                                            Journal of Bodyworks and Movement Therapies, January 2024

Mental Attitude: Long Commute and Musculoskeletal Pain Linked to Burnout. Questionnaire completed by 1,615 healthcare professionals revealed that the combination of a commute lasting longer than 50 minutes and either neck and shoulder pain or ankle pain alone are linked to an elevated risk for burnout.
BMC Health Services Research, April 2024

Wellness/Prevention: New Urine Test May Streamline Bladder Cancer Follow-Up. Researchers have developed a new urine test that can look for genetic markers of bladder cancer, which may reduce the need for follow-up cystoscopies in bladder cancer survivors while also detecting cancer recurrence for earlier treatment.
European Association of Urology, April 2024       

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, May 27th, 2024

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Health Alert: Don’t Use Tap Water for Nasal Rinse. Individuals with sinusitis and allergic rhinitis often find relief using a nasal rinse—like a neti pot. However, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remind users to use sterile water and avoid using tap water. The primary reason is that tap water may contain
microbes like the amoeba Acanthamoeba that can lead to a severe and potentially deadly infection.
Emerging Infectious Diseases, March 2024

Diet: Nutrition Education Benefits Adolescents. A recent literature review found that not only do nutrition education interventions help teens make healthier food choices, but they may also experience an improved selfimage.                                    Frontiers in Nutrition, March 2024

Exercise: Physical Activity Reduces Atrial Fibrillation Risk in Type 2 Diabetics. Past research has shown that type 2 diabetics are at elevated risk for developing atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder that can lead to stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular complications. In a recent study, researchers observed that diabetics who engaged in at least 214 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity a week had a lower incidence of atrial fibrillation than less active diabetes patients.                                                                                                                                          Cardiovascular Diabetology, March 2024

Chiropractic: Chiropractic Care for Trigeminal Neuralgia. This case study involved a 55-year-old female with trigeminal neuralgia that failed to respond to conventional treatment. A chiropractic examination revealed joint dysfunction at several levels of the cervical and thoracic spine, as well as trigger points in the trapezius and levator scapulae muscles. The patient underwent a multimodal treatment plan that included spinal manipulative therapy, mechanical cervical traction, and focused radial shockwave therapy that led to a significant reduction in her symptoms that maintained at a six-month follow-up appointment. The authors conclude, “The lasting nature of the
pain reduction provides a compelling argument for the long-term benefits of chiropractic intervention in the management of [trigeminal neuralgia].”                    Cureus, February 2024

Mental Attitude: Depression Linked to Increased Heart Risks in Women. University of Tokyo researchers analyzed data concerning 4.2 million adults and found among women, depression is associated with an elevated risk for heart issues like heart attack, stroke, angina, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.
American College of Cardiology, March 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Warning Signs of Colorectal Cancer. The Mayo Clinic notes that the incidence of colorectal cancer is on the rise in adults under age 50. Warning signs for this type of cancer include abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood in bowel movements, and iron deficiency anemia. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.                                                                                Mayo Clinic, March 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, May 20th, 2024

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Health Alert: Early-Life Tobacco Exposure May Set Stage for Type 2 Diabetes. New research suggests that individuals exposed to secondhand smoke during gestation or early life have up to a 22% elevated risk for type 2 diabetes in adulthood, while those who start smoking during adolescence may be up to 57% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.                                                                                                      American Heart Association, March 2024

Diet: Healthy Diet May Keep Muscles Strong. An analysis of dietary questionnaire data collected from 528 middle-aged and older adults revealed an association between greater adherence to a healthy eating pattern, such as the Mediterranean diet, and both a stronger grip and greater muscle mass in the arms and legs. The findings suggest that consuming a healthy diet may preserve muscle mass in aging adults.                                                                                                                                  European Journal of Nutrition, April 2024

Exercise: Carrot or Stick? In a recent study, researchers observed that a system offering small rewards for meeting physical activity recommendations and small penalties for non-compliance resulted in more significant improvements in exercise behavior than a reward-only or penalty-only system.                                                        Leiden University, February 2024

Chiropractic: Conservative Treatment for Tennis Elbow. For patients with lateral elbow tendinopathy, a systematic review that included twelve studies found that a conservative treatment plan that includes manual therapy, electrotherapy, and exercise may provide greater long-term benefits and a lower risk of recurrence than corticosteroid injections. Doctors of chiropractic often manage patients with tennis elbow using such a multimodal approach.                                                                                Shoulder Elbow, March 2024

Mental Attitude: Establish a Cognitive Baseline. Experts from Northwestern Medicine recommend individuals begin undergoing cognitive assessments at midlife to both establish a baseline and to measure their thinking and memory skills over time. Neuropsychologist Dr. Sandra Weintraub notes, “All of us go to the doctor every year, and we know our blood pressure and heart rate, our sugar levels and bone density… But at no time are we ever told what our baseline cognitive functioning is. Because we know aging can bring potential problems with your thinking abilities, it is very important to know how a person is functioning even in their 50s or 60s. That way when those agerelated changes start to occur, we have a baseline to know if you have changed or not.”
Northwestern University, February 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Greenspace Access and Dementia. Using data from the Healthy Brain Project, researchers observed that greater access to green spaces is associated with a reduced risk for dementia for residents of socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The findings suggest that measures to make parks and natural spaces easier to access could reduce the incidence of dementia in less affluent areas.
Preventative Medicine Reports, March 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, May 13th, 2024

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Health Alert: Shortage of Primary Care Providers Leading to More Emergency Surgeries. Primary care providers (PCP) are essential for identifying health issues early on when they’re easier to manage. However, in areas with a PCP shortage, individuals are more likely to seek care for health issues once they’ve progressed to the point of requiring emergency treatment, which may lead to worse outcomes, including complications. The findings highlight the need for greater access to healthcare services for individuals in underserved areas.
Health Affairs, March 2024

Diet: Healthy Diet Can Aid in Stress Management. The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern focused on fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil, and whole grains while avoiding red and processed meats, dairy, saturated fats, and refined sugars. A study that looked at data from the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study found that greater
adherence to the Mediterranean diet pattern is associated with greater resilience to stress among middle-aged and older adults.                                                                                Nutrition Research and Practice, April 2024

Exercise: Yoga Provides Unique Cognitive Benefits for Women at Risk for Alzheimer’s. According to a recent study, older women at risk for Alzheimer’s disease who participated in a yoga intervention experienced greater improvements with respect to subjective memory complaints, brain connectivity, and anti-inflammatory gene
expression than women who performed memory training exercises.                                Translational Psychiatry, February 2024

Chiropractic: Treatment for Mechanical Neck Pain. Mechanical neck pain is a term used to describe neck pain that results from the application of stress or strain on the anatomical structures of the neck. A recent study that included 78 mechanical neck pain patients found that a treatment plan that included a combination of manual
therapies and therapeutic exercises—an approach commonly used by chiropractors—provided significant improvements with respect to pain, disability, and function. Physical Therapy, March 2024

Mental Attitude: After-School Activities Can Harm Teen Mental Health. While parents are often advised to encourage their teenagers to participate in afterschool sports and other activities to bolster their college resume and facilitate healthy social growth, a recent study found that overloading a teen’s schedule can have detrimental effects on their mental health and academic performance.                 Economics of Education Review, March 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Green Spaces Lower Osteoporosis Risk. Using data from the UK Biobank study, researchers report that residents of neighborhoods with more greenery may have a 5% lower risk for osteoporosis. The researchers speculate this may be due to the effect greenspaces can have on reducing air pollution, which can
benefit bone health, as well as an increase in physical activity that previous studies have associated with greater access to parks and natural spaces.                                           Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, March 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, May 6th, 2024

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Health Alert: Oral Bacteria Linked to Accelerated Colon Tumor Growth. Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center report that when swallowed, a subtype of the common oral bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum, called Fna C2, can accelerate tumor growth in the colon and may contribute to up to 50% of colon cancer
cases. It’s hoped this discovery will help scientists craft more effective treatments for colon cancer.
Nature, March 2024

Diet: Unhealthy Diet Before Surgery May Impair Memory. Ohio State University researchers report that rats fed a diet high in unhealthy fats in the time leading up to surgical procedure experienced increased inflammation in the brain that hindered their memory during recovery. On the other hand, rats given a supplement of omega-3 fatty acids did not experience any post-surgical cognitive impairment. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, February 2024

Exercise: Exercise Boosts Beneficial Hormone in Breast Milk. Adiponectin is a metabolic hormone that helps regulate glucose levels and fatty acid breakdown. In a recent study, researchers observed that new mothers who engaged in vigorous exercise experienced an increase in adiponectin in their breast milk that can benefit the
metabolism of their offspring, potentially reducing the risk for childhood obesity.
Frontiers in Nutrition, December 2023

Chiropractic: Two Manual Therapies That May Benefit Patients with Knee Pain. When trigger points affect the function of the gluteus medius muscle, it can lead to altered gait, reduced hip stability, misalignment of the patella, and increased force on the knee, all of which can contribute to patellofemoral pain syndrome. A recent study found that for patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome associated with gluteus medius trigger points, positional release technique and myofascial release technique–two manual therapies that may be provided by doctors of chiropractic— are effective treatments for improving pain, function, strength, pressure pain threshold, and quality of life when combined with exercise therapy.                                                                        Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, February 2024

Mental Attitude: Social Life During Middle Age Can Protect Against Dementia. Using data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, researchers report that strong social relationships during midlife are associated with a reduced risk for dementia over the following three decades.                                                      Alzheimer’s & Dementia, April 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Self-Help Techniques for Acute Insomnia. Researchers at Northumbria University report that the following self-help techniques may benefit individuals with new-onset insomnia: keep the bedroom cool, dark, and quiet; maintain a sleep diary to track when you go to bed and wake, as well as if you get up in the middle
of the night and how long before you fall back asleep; only use the bedroom for sleep; establish a wind-down routine in the hour before bedtime; and try word games or visualizations to help you fall asleep.                                                                                          SLEEP, March 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, April 29th, 2024

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Health Alert: New-Onset Hypertension May Signal Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is a common heart rhythm disorder that can lead to stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular complications. In a recent study that included 4,161 older adults, researchers observed that those with new-onset hypertension were two-times more likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in the next two years than seniors with a previous history of high blood pressure. The findings suggest that individuals over age 65 with new-onset hypertension should be screened for arrhythmia. Hypertension Research, March 2024

Diet: Protein-Rich Breakfast for Better Concentration? In a recent experiment, researchers observed that participants who consumed a protein-rich breakfast had better performance on a cognitive concentration test 150 minutes after their mealtime than those who either skipped breakfast or ate a carbohydrate-rich morning meal. Journal of Dairy Science, December 2023

Exercise: Fitness May Help Reduce Risk for Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain. In a sample of 180 women whom researchers monitored throughout pregnancy, 75% experienced pregnancy-related low back pain. Further analysis revealed an association between higher fitness, particularly stronger back and leg muscles, and
a reduced risk for low back pain.                                                                                                PLoS One, December 2023

Chiropractic: Scapula Stabilization Exercises Benefit Chronic Neck Pain Patients. A systematic review that included five clinical trials found that including scapular stabilization exercises in a treatment plan for chronic neck pain resulted in better outcomes with respect to pain. The finding demonstrates how issues in one area of the body can lead to problems elsewhere, thus the importance of the chiropractic practice of examining the whole patient and not just focusing on the area of chief complaint.
Spine Surgery and Related Research, January 2024

Mental Attitude: Parenting Style Adjustment May Ease ADHD Symptoms in Kids. For parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests that a parenting style that guides a child with verbal and physical cues may be more effective at mitigating ADHD symptoms than a more controlling parental approach.                                                                                                                              University of Waterloo, February 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Status and Type 2 Diabetes. Using data from the SUN Project study, researchers observed that participants who maintained low vitamin D levels were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the following decade. On the other hand, those with healthy vitamin D status were less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, March 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, April, 22nd, 2024

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Health Alert: Symptoms Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risks in Menopausal Women. According to a recent study, the combination of migraine and vasomotor symptoms (night sweats or hot flashes, for example) is linked to a more than 50% increased risk for either heart attack or stroke in women undergoing menopause.
Menopause Society, February 2024

Diet: Sweetened Beverages Linked to Atrial Fibrillation. An analysis of data concerning more than 200,000 adults revealed that consuming more than two liters of either sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages a week is linked to a 10-20% increased risk for atrial fibrillation diagnosis in the next decade. Meanwhile, drinking a liter a week of pure fruit juice can cut the risk for heart arrhythmia disorder by 8%.
Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, March 2024

Exercise: Isometric Exercises for Lower Blood Pressure. Isometric exercises are performed in static positions using the body’s weight to build strength and stability such as planks, bridges, and wall sits. New research suggests that isometric exercises offer an excellent approach for reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.  Mayo Clinic, January 2024

Chiropractic: Neck Pain Is a Worldwide Problem. In 2020, more than 203 million people worldwide experienced at least one episode of neck pain. Due to a variety of factors, including the aging of the world population, experts estimate that cases of neck pain will increase by 32.5% by 2050, affecting nearly 270 million people.                The Lancet Rheumatology, March 2024

Mental Attitude: Relationship Between Loneliness and Back Pain in Later Life. Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, researchers found that older adults experiencing loneliness had a higher risk for back pain in the following one-to-two years. Likewise, seniors with back pain were more likely to report loneliness in the same time frame. The findings suggest that back pain and loneliness may be risk factors for one another in older adults                                                                                Annals of Geriatric Medicine and Research, December 2023   

Wellness/Prevention: Ergonomic Seat Design May Help Make Mountain Biking Easier on the Back. Researchers report that a new mountain bike seat featuring a raised rear, longitudinal dip, and subtle lateral instability may have a positive effect on muscle activation and pelvic-spine kinematics, reducing the risk for low back pain associated with mountain biking.                                                                                  Sports Biomechanics, February 2024

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, April 15th, 2024

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Health Alert: Hypertension and Stoke Risk. An analysis of data concerning nearly one million middle-aged adults revealed that stage 1 hypertension (blood pressure 130-139/80-89 mmHG) is linked to a 1.4 times increased risk for stroke in men and a 2.4 times elevated risk for stroke in women in the following decade. The findings highlight the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure readings during midlife.
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, March 2024

Diet: Fructose Overconsumption Can Have Lifelong Effect on Offspring’s Health. A recent animal study found that the offspring of rats fed a high-fructose diet experienced disturbances to their autonomic nervous, cardiovascular, and metabolic systems early in life that elevated the risk for metabolic disorders and poor cardiovascular health in adulthood.                                                                                International Journal of Obesity, November 2023

Exercise: Tai Chi Can Help Reduce Blood Pressure. Among a group of 349 pre-hypertensive adults, those who practiced tai chi for one year experienced greater improvement in their blood pressure and were less likely to progress to hypertension than participants in an aerobic exercise group.                                                                    JAMA Network Open, February 2024

Chiropractic: Neck Pain Affects Walking Ability. Examinations of 14 older adults with chronic neck pain and 36 seniors without neck pain revealed that when walking with head movement, chronic neck pain is associated with a slower, more laborious, and asymmetrical gait. The authors of the study speculate this alteration in walking ability may be the result of structural instability and proprioception impairments in the
cervical spine. Doctors of chiropractic often address chronic neck pain and its associated symptoms with a multimodal approach that includes manual therapies and specific exercises.
Frontiers in Medicine, February 2024

Mental Attitude: Childhood Bullying Can Result in Long-Term Mental Health Issues. In a recent study that monitored nearly 10,000 boys and girls from age 11 until 17 found that those subjected to bullying at age 11 who developed interpersonal trust issues by age 14 were 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with significant mental health problems by age 17.                                                                                                      Nature Mental Health Month and Year, February 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Status and Pregnancy. A systematic review that included 42 studies found that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is linked to an increased risk for miscarriage, preterm labor, preeclampsia, and postpartum depression and healthy vitamin D status during pregnancy is associated with a
reduced risk for gestational diabetes and low birth weight.
Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, March 2024

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