WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, October 14th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Posting Selfies May Cause Negative Social Perception. In this study, college students were asked to rate the Instagram profiles of students from another university. The participants rated those who posted posed photos taken by someone else as more likeable, more successful, having greater self-esteem, and being more outgoing. However, students who posted a lot of selfies were regarded as less likeable, less successful, less
adventurous, and more insecure. Journal of Research in Personality, August 2019

Health Alert: Older Americans Often Not Equipped to Stay Safe During Hurricanes. Interviews with over 2,200 adults over the age of 50 revealed that less than one-third had an emergency kit that could sustain them at home or that they could take with them in the event of an evacuation, and only one-quarter had a backup power
supply in the event of a power failure. University of Michigan, September 2019

Diet: Nuts May Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Attack and Stroke. Over the course of a twelve-year study involving 5,432 adults, researchers observed that participants who ate nuts at least twice a week had a 17% reduced risk of
death from cardiovascular disease. Study author Dr. Noushin Mohammadifard explains, “Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat… They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, phytosterols, and polyphenols which benefit heart health.” European Society of Cardiology, August 2019

Exercise: Complex Exercises May Be Better for the Brain… Researchers found that participants who played badminton for ten minutes scored better on executive function assessments than they did after taking a ten-minute run. The findings suggest that engaging in more complex forms of exercise may have a greater benefit on the brain than jogging and other simple exercise routines. PLoS One, September 2019

Chiropractic: Mobilization and Stretching Are Both Useful for Frozen Shoulders… Adhesive capsulitis (AC), also known as frozen shoulder, is described as a painful restriction of the shoulder’s range of motion, and about 3% of adults will develop the condition in their lifetime. In this study, researchers observed that both scapular mobilization and manual posterior capsule stretching are effective for improving range of motion in the shoulder joint of patients with stage III AC. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to offer both types of treatment for patients with AC and often use both in order to achieve optimal results.
Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions, September 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Reduce the Risk for Norovirus Infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne diarrhea and vomiting. To help reduce the risk for such an infection, the CDC suggests the following: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, carefully wash fruits and vegetables before eating them, cook oysters and shellfish thoroughly before consumption, do not prepare food or care for others when you are sick, clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, and wash soiled laundry thoroughly. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2019

Quote: “Happiness is a direction, not a place.” ~ Sydney J. Harris

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, October 7th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: A History of Exercise Reduces Postpartum Depression Risk… Postpartum depression affects about one in five new mothers. A review of data from sixteen published studies found that women who exercise before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and following the birth of their child had a lower risk for postpartum depression than new moms with poor fitness levels. Medicine (Lithuania), September 2019

Health Alert: Is There a Link Between Blood Pressure and Breast Cancer? Past studies have demonstrated that high levels of a protein called GRK4 can cause high blood pressure. In a recent study, researchers detected the GRK4 protein in breast cancer cells but not in normal breast cells. Researcher Dr. Vesna D. Garovic writes, “While previous studies have shown that breast cancer risk is increased in hypertensive women, this study adds to the current knowledge by providing the molecular mechanisms that underlie this association.”
American Heart Association, September 2019

Diet: Pumpkin Pulp and Seeds Reduce Blood Pressure in Animal Study. Rats fed a diet that included pumpkin pulp and seeds for eight weeks had blood pressure 20% lower than rats on a control diet. Researcher Dr. Soweto Thomas notes, “With the animal model we can never really fully say that what we see is exactly what is going to happen in a human trial… But there is a slew of dietary intervention studies that have shown that, overall, a healthy diet can make real changes in someone’s health.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, September 2019

Exercise: Exercise Can Boost Exam Grades. Among a group of 86 primary school students in the United Kingdom, researchers observed that the children who were physically active tended to perform better on reading,
writing, and mathematics assessments than their sedentary peers.
Journal of Physical Activity Research, October 2019

Chiropractic: Conservative Care Offers Benefits to Chronic Back Pain Sufferers. Kinesiophobia, or fear of movement, is common occurrence among patients with musculoskeletal pain and can increase the risk for prolonged pain and disability. A review of data from 60 published studies revealed that manual therapies reduced fearavoidance beliefs among patients with chronic back pain. Doctors of chiropractic often utilize manual therapies and other conservative treatment options to reduce pain and improve function in patients with chronic back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, August 2019

Wellness/Prevention: How to Treat Tonsillitis. Inflammation of the tonsils is called tonsillitis, which can sometimes resemble the flu. Symptoms usually resolve in three to four days, but there are things that can be done to
relieve symptoms in the meantime. The National Health Service recommends the following when treating tonsillitis at home: get plenty of rest, enjoy cool drinks to soothe the throat, take pain medicine, and gargle with warm
saltwater. National Health Service, September 2019

Quote: “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, September 30th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Too Much TV/Social Media Increases Depression Risk for Teens. New research that looked at the mental health status of 4,000 Canadian teenagers suggests that adolescents who spend an above average amount of time on either social media or watching TV are more likely to experience depressive symptoms. JAMA Pediatrics, July 2019

Health Alert: Improving Good Cholesterol Levels May Reduce Diabetes Risk. When it comes to reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes, the results of a new study suggest that individuals should also pay attention to their high-density lipoprotein (HDL or the “good” cholesterol) levels. In particular, a review of five years of data concerning 5 million adults found that individuals with low HDL cholesterol readings had up to a 20% increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, August 2019

Diet: Tart Cherry Juice Is Good for the Brain. According to a new study involving 34 seniors, participants who drank 16oz of tart cherry juice daily for twelve weeks experienced improvements related to both cognitive function and subjective memory. Lead author Dr. Sheau Ching Chai writes, “The potential beneficial effects of tart cherries may be related to the bioactive compounds they possess, which include polyphenols, anthocyanins and melanin. They may also be related to tart cherry’s potential blood-pressure lowering effects, outlined in a previous study we conducted in the same population, as blood pressure can influence blood flow to the brain.” Food & Function, July 2019

Exercise: Kids with More Friends Are More Active. Among a sample of about 200 Canadian middle-school students, researchers observed that kids with more friends tended to be more physically active. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, August 2019

Chiropractic: Headache and Low Back Pain Linked? A review of data from several studies, including one that included over 400,000 participants, found that individuals with persistent low back pain have an elevated risk for primary headache disorders. Both conditions are commonly treated in chiropractic offices, often with spinal manipulation, exercises, and nutritional recommendations. Journal of Headache and Pain, July 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress. Stress is a normal part of life, but long-term stress can lead to digestive issue, headaches, sleep disorders, and other health issues. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health notes that relaxation techniques can help release tension and reduce stress. Recommended relaxation techniques include the following: deep breathing, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, meditation, and yoga. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, July 2019

Quote: “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” ~ John Dryden

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Trees Promote Mental Well-Being? Questionnaires completed by nearly 47,000 citydwelling adults revealed that living in a neighborhood with more tree cover is associated with less psychological distress and better general health. JAMA Network Open, July 2019

Health Alert: Diabetes Increases Heart Failure Risk. A review of health records concerning more than 12 million adults indicates that individuals with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes have an elevated risk for heart
failure, especially female diabetics. Diabetologia, July 2019

Diet: Too High / Too Low Blood Sugar Is Bad for the Heart. The results of a twenty-year study involving nearly 10,000 Chinese adults suggest that having a resting blood glucose reading that is either too high (≥126
mg/dl) or too low (<60 mg/dl) is associated with double the risk for cardiovascular disease-related mortality.
Chronic Diseases & Translational Medicine, June 2019

Exercise: Exercise During Pregnancy Can Boost Baby’s Health. Children born to women who engaged in aerobic exercise during pregnancy appear to have better motor skills at one month of age than kids whose
mothers did not exercise during their pregnancy. The researchers speculate that exercise may aid fetal brain development by boosting the flow of blood and oxygen to the womb.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, August 2019

Chiropractic: Back Pain Linked to Pelvic, Hip, and Knee Dysfunction… Examinations of forty young
adults, half of whom had low back pain, revealed that those with back pain were more likely to exhibit increased pelvic tilt, knocked knees, and reduced hip extension. Though the study was unable to determine the nature of the relationship between low back pain and such alterations, these findings highlight the importance of examining the whole patient and not just focusing on the area of chief complaint; otherwise, treatment may not
yield a satisfactory outcome for the patient. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, August 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Keep Your Teen Driver Safe. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that six teens are killed in motor vehicle accidents every day in the United States. To help prevent these accidents, the organization
encourages parents of new drivers to do the following: be a good role model when driving; always use a seatbelt; set clear expectations about your family’s driving rules; define zero-tolerance rules for speeding,
alcohol, and texting; limit the number of passengers allowed in the car with your teen; make sure your teen gets enough practice in a variety of road conditions. Safe Kids, August 2019

Quote: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, September 16th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Genetics Mostly to Blame for Autism. The results of a new study involving over two million people from five countries suggest that autism spectrum disorder is 80% contingent on inherited genes. Dr. Andrew Adesman, director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York notes, “Although families are often most concerned about environmental risk factors for autism, the reality is that genetic factors play a much larger role overall… [However,] this does not mean that we can completely ignore the environmental risk factors and their interaction with the genetic risk
factors.” JAMA Psychiatry, July 2019

Health Alert: Smokers Have Higher Risk for Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and
abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels—that elevates a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A review of data from the 2008 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that smokers
have an elevated risk for metabolic syndrome, and the risk is even greater among smokers who also drink alcohol, even at moderate levels. Substance Use & Misuse, August 2019

Diet: Eat More Veggies! According to an analysis of data from nine published studies, individuals with a higher daily vegetable intake have up to a 39% lower risk for liver cancer than adults who seldom eat
vegetables. Food & Function, July 2019

Exercise: Diabetes Linked to Too Much Sitting. A review of data from nine published studies that included nearly 450,000 adults concluded that higher total sitting time per day is associated with an elevated risk for type
2 diabetes, regardless of physical activity levels. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, August 2019

Chiropractic: Whole-Body Vibration Linked to Work Absence. Among a group of 2,302 industrial workers whom researchers monitored for four years, those with the greatest exposure to whole body vibrations (from
operating heavy equipment, for example) had a greater risk for back pain-related work absence. The findings suggest that introducing controls to limit vibration exposure on the job site could help reduce the impact of back
pain on the workforce. Occupation and Environmental Medicine, August 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Play It Safe with Lightning. Though it’s safer to be indoors during a thunderstorm, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that you can still be at risk for lightning-related injury
in the home. To keep safe, the CDC recommends avoiding contact with tap water, electronic equipment, corded phones, windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2019

Quote: “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, September 9th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Parents Who Belittle Their Kids May Be Raising Bullies. Interviews with more than 1,400 teens revealed that those subjected to derisive parenting were more likely to develop dysregulated anger, which
is often a sign of difficulty controlling emotions and puts teenagers at a higher risk for both bullying and for becoming bully victims. Study senior author Dr. Daniel Dickson writes, “Implications from our study are farreaching: Practitioners and parents should be informed of the potential long-term costs of sometimes seemingly harmless parenting behaviors such as belittlement and sarcasm… Parents must be reminded of their influence on adolescents’ emotions and should take steps to ensure that adolescents do not feel ridiculed at home.”
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, July 2019

Health Alert: Dirty Air Contributes to Thousands of Deaths Every Year. Despite improvements in air quality over the past three decades, a new study find that air pollution remains a major contributing factor for
lung disease, heart attacks, and strokes that kill over 30,000 Americans each year. Lead researcher Dr. Majid Ezzati adds, “More stringent air pollution regulations in the [United States] have the potential to save tens of
thousands of deaths each year and improve the longevity throughout the country.” PLOS Medicine, July 2019

Diet: Plant-Based Diet Can Reduce Risk for Diabetes. Individuals who consume a mostly plant-based diet have up to a 23% reduced risk for diabetes. JAMA Internal Medicine, July 2019

Exercise: Physical Activity Linked to Quality of Life in Teens? Over the course of a two-year study, researchers observed that teenagers who became less physically active experienced a reduction in their healthrelated quality of life. American Journal of Human Biology, August 2019

Chiropractic: Improving Neck Curve Helps Patients with Cervical Disk Herniation. Among a group of 300 neck pain patients under the age of 40, researchers observed that those whose cervical lordosis improved
over time also experienced an increase in disk height in the neck and an improvement in the status of any present cervical disk herniations. Studies show that chiropractic care can help to restore the cervical lordotic
curve, which can benefit patients with cervical disk issues. Medicine, August 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Beware of Signs of Heat Stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list the following signs of heat stroke: body temperature higher than 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius);
hot, red, dry, or damp skin; headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion; a fast, strong pulse; and loss of consciousness. If you think you or someone else is experiencing heat stroke, call emergency services and move to a cooler place. Do not give them anything to drink. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2019

Quote: “Celebrate the idea that you don’t fit in. Find your own fit. Stay unique.” ~ Betsey Johnson

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, September 2nd, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Kids with ADHD May Be Less Prepared for School. Children with attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have less developed social, emotional, and language skills than their peers without ADHD. The findings suggest that identifying and helping preschoolers with ADHD symptoms could possibly reduce their struggles in elementary school. Pediatrics, July 2019

Health Alert: Deadly Cancers Often Get the Least Research Funding. According to a new study, research is poorly funded for several common and/or deadly cancers, such as endometrial, liver and bile duct, cervical, ovarian, pancreatic, and lung cancer. Study author Dr. Suneel Kamath notes, “The goal of this study is not to divert funds away from cancers that are well-supported, but rather expand funding for other cancers that aren’t getting enough support currently… These are all deadly and life-altering diseases that deserve our attention and support.” Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, July 2019

Diet: Early Dinner? In a recent pilot study involving eleven adults, researchers observed that when participants ate their dinner earlier in the afternoon and did not eat again until the next morning, their bodies were better able to burn fat for energy and they had lower levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. which may help people eat less.” Obesity, July 2019

Exercise: Non-Exercisers at Greater Risk of Fatty Liver Disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs when fat builds up in the liver from causes other than excessive alcohol consumption. An analysis of data from the 16,000-participant HUNT3 study found that the 20% of adults with the lowest physical fitness levels were 17-18 times more likely to have NAFLD than the most active 40% of participants.
Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, April 2019

Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulation Improves Nervous System Function. A review of data from eighteen published studies found evidence to suggest that high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation (a treatment
commonly provided by doctors of chiropractic) can improve autonomic nervous system function in both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Spine, August 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Reducing Risk of Foodborne Illness. Most foodborne illnesses can be prevented by washing hands with warm water and soap after dealing with raw foods, using two or more cutting boards to help
prevent cross contamination, cleaning items with hot water and soap that are used to prepare meat, never drinking out of the carton, reheating food at 165 degrees Fahrenheit (~73.89 degrees Celsius) or higher, and defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator or microwave.

Quote: “Sometimes it’s the detours which turn out to be the fruitful ideas.” ~ Roger Penrose

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, August 26th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Connected Teens Become Healthier Young Adults? New research suggests that teens with higher levels of connectedness—such as feeling engaged, supported, and cared for at home and school—are
significantly less likely to have mental health issues, experience violence, take sexual risks, and engage in substance abuse in their 20s. Pediatrics, June 2019
Health Alert: Where Body Fat Collects Hints at Future Heart Troubles. An analysis of data concerning nearly 162,000 postmenopausal women found that women whose body fat collects in their mid-section have nearly twice the risk for heart disease or stroke as women whose body fat is mostly stored in their legs. Study author Dr. Qibin Qi writes, “Our findings suggest that postmenopausal women, despite having normal weight,
could have a varying risk of cardiovascular disease because of different fat distributions around either their middle or their legs.” European Heart Journal, July 2019

Diet: Kids Prefer Foods They Help Cook. Children who helped prepare snacks featuring foods they had previously identified as “yucky” were more likely to rate such foods as “okay” or “yummy” than kids who did
not assist in the kitchen. Appetite, July 2019

Exercise: Exercise Reduces Pain in Diabetics. In this study, type 2 diabetics with limb pain experienced improvements in both the number of painful body sites and pain intensity after participating in a twelve-week
exercise program. The findings are important as diabetics are nearly 25% more likely to report limb pain than non-diabetics. Diabetic Research and Clinical Practice, July 2019

Chiropractic: Manual Therapy May Be Best Choice for Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain. In a recent study involving 63 plantar fasciitis patients, researchers
observed that participants treated with the combination of custom foot orthotics and manual therapy experienced greater improvements in pain and function than the patients who only received one of the treatment
options. Doctors of chiropractic are known to use both approaches when treating patients with plantar fasciitis.
Sports, May 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Protect Your Eyes from Ultraviolet Rays. Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can contribute to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. The
Mayo Clinic suggests that you choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays, screen out 75% to 90% of visible light, have lenses that are perfectly matched in color, and do not have distortions or
imperfections in the lenses. Mayo Clinic, July 2019

Quote: “All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.” ~ Alexandre Dumas

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, August 19th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Sunshine During Pregnancy Important for Child’s Learning? Vitamin D is produced in the body as a result of exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. An analysis of data concerning over 422,000
mother-child pairs in Scotland revealed that kids born to women with lower levels of exposure to UVB rays during pregnancy were more likely to have a learning disability later in life. Lead author Dr. Jill Pell notes,
“Learning disabilities can have profound life-long effects on both the affected child and their family. The importance of our study is that it suggests a possible way to prevent learning disabilities in some children.”
Scientific Reports, June 2019

Health Alert: Many Doctors and Nurses Not Aware That Diabetes Raises Risk for CTS and Frozen Shoulder. Type 2 diabetics have an increased risk for limited joint mobility (LJM) disorders of the upper
extremities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Surveys completed by 245 nurse practitioners and 390 general practitioners revealed that more than half were unaware
that LJM is a complication associated with diabetes mellitus. BMC Family Practice, July 2019

Diet: A Specific Probiotic Supplement May Boost Obese People’s Health. In a study involving 32 overweight or obese volunteers, participants who took a probiotic supplement for three months that contained
the bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila lost an average of five lbs. (~2.26 kg) and experienced improved cholesterol readings. Nature Medicine, June 2019
Exercise: Fitness Linked to Pain Sensitivity. Among a group of 1,036 adolescents, researchers observed that teens who scored lower on physical fitness assessments were more sensitive to pain than their peers with higher
fitness scores. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, July 2019

Chiropractic: Nearly Half of Teens Have Musculoskeletal Pain. Surveys completed by 1,021 teenagers revealed that 46.1% had pain in one or more body sites. The data show that teens with musculoskeletal pain in
at least one body site had lower quality of life scores and lower sleep quality than their pain-free peers. Additionally, participants with pain in multiple sites reported lower quality of life and sleep quality scores than
those with pain in only one area. BMC Pediatrics, June 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Taming Bad Breath. The American Dental Association notes that individuals can reduce their risk for bad breath by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using a toothbrush or scraper to clean
your tongue, using mouthwash when needed, keeping saliva flowing with chewy foods, cleaning dentures regularly, not smoking, and making regular dental visits. American Dental Association, July 2019

Quote: “A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE for Monday, August 12th, 2019

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Mental Attitude: Alcoholism Harms Even Those Who Don’t Have Drinking Problems. Researchers gathered data from two nationwide surveys in the United States that included nearly 9,000 adults and found that
21% of women and 23% of men were harmed by someone else’s drinking in the past year. These harms include threats, harassment, damaged property, vandalism, physical aggregation, money problems, relationship issues,
and driving issues. Study author Dr. Katherine Karriker-Jaffe warns, “Heavy drinkers should be aware of how they might be impacting the lives of people around them.” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, July 2019

Health Alert: Stay in School! An analysis of data gathered between 1971 and 2012 concerning more than 75,000 people found that failure to complete high school is associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Study author Dr. Rita Hamad adds, “Overall, people with more education may have reduced heart disease because they have higher incomes, allowing them to afford better food and healthcare… Or, it may be that they have more resources and therefore less stress, which has been previously linked with heart disease.”
PLOS Medicine, June 2019

Diet: Breast Cancer Survivability? The current data suggests that eating a healthy diet with a high intake of unrefined cereals, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and olive oil, and a moderate/low consumption of saturated fatty acids
and red meat is associated with increased survivability following a breast cancer diagnosis. Nutrients, July 2019

Exercise: This Combo Helps Maintain Muscle Mass in Older Obese Adults… New research suggests that for older obese adults, adopting a fitness program that combines aerobic exercise and resistance training is
effective for increasing muscle protein synthesis and preserving muscle quality. Cell Metabolism, July 2019

Chiropractic: Neck Pain Linked to Digital Eye Strain? Computer vision syndrome (CVS), also known as digital eye strain, is a common condition associated with prolonged viewing of screens at a short distance. In a recent study, researchers observed that persistent neck pain patients were more likely to report CVS while using a computer than individuals without neck pain, though the nature of the relationship is unclear at this time.
Applied Ergonomics, October 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Keep Safe During Severe Weather. Severe thunderstorms can cause great damage to property, topple trees, and cause flooding. During severe thunderstorms, the National Weather Service urges
people to do the following: stay updated with a local news station or NOAA Weather Radio; stay away from windows and large open rooms; do not take shelter under a tree or within a shed; if possible, go to a secure location within your home; and take your pets with you. National Weather Service, July 2019

Quote: “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” ~ Thomas Berger

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