WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, December 14, 2020
Chad Abramson, D.C.
Health Alert: Heated Tobacco May Pose Threat to Heart Health.
Tobacco products that heat but do not burn tobacco to release a tobacco-flavored vapor that contains nicotine are marketed as a substitute for e-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes. An analysis of nearly 50 human and rodent studies showed that such inhalants were associated with high blood pressure, reduced dilation of blood vessels, stiffening of arteries, increased heart rate, and reduced heart function. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, October 2020
Diet: Vitamin D May Delay Frailty?
Frailty is a condition characterized by weakness, slowness, physical inactivity, self-reported exhaustion, and unintentional weight loss. Past research has shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk for frailty among older adults. In a recent study, researchers observed that mice given a supplement to achieve and maintain vitamin D levels at the higher end of the healthy range were significantly less likely to become frail than those with low vitamin D status. Nutrients, October 2020
Exercise: Physical Activity Is Important for Kids’ Bone Development.
An examination of 804 preteens found that engaging in 1.5 hours of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day is important for healthy bone development. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, July 2020
Chiropractic: Myofascial Release for Neck Pain.
Tightness of the suboccipital muscles at the back of the skull is often experienced by patients with chronic neck pain. A study that included 58 chronic neck pain patients found that myofascial release therapy, a form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic, applied to the suboccipital muscles is effective for reducing neck pain intensity and improving cervical mobility. Spine, November 2020
Mental Attitude: Mom’s Thyroid May Influence ADHD in Kids.
An analysis of data concerning nearly 330,000 mother-child pairs revealed an association between low thyroid hormone levels during the first trimester of pregnancy and up to a 28% greater risk for a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in her child. American Journal of Perinatology, October 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Sleep Helps Ease Effects of Trauma.
The results from a recent animal study showed that rats that increased sleep time following a traumatic experience were less likely to develop ongoing fear symptoms than rats that either maintained their sleep schedule or slept less. Lead author Dr. William Vanderheyden concludes, “Basically, our study has found that if you can improve sleep, you can improve function… This highlights that there is a time-sensitive window when—if you intervene to improve sleep— you could potentially stave off the negative effects of trauma.” Scientific Reports, October 2020
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