WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, March 29, 2021
Chad Abramson, D.C.
Health Alert: Mono May Raise Depression Risk.
Following a review of data concerning 1.4 million adults born between 1977 and 2005, researchers report that individuals with a history of infectious mononucleosis as children or teenagers have up to a 40% elevated risk for depression in young adulthood. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity, February 2021
Diet: Just One Salad a Week Benefits Oral Cancer Patients.
Among 150 patients with oral cancer, researchers observed that those who consumed at least one salad a week experienced slower cancer progression and had a higher likelihood of surviving the disease. Nutrients, January 2021.
Exercise: Take a Rest Day?
Active individuals who suffer from persistent muscle pain or soreness, an inability to finish a workout routine, or continued sluggishness following a workout are likely in need of a day off from the gym. Rest days can offer the following benefits: reduces muscle pain and soreness, helps repair and build muscles, replenishes the body’s energy stores, prevents injury, and allows the mind to rest. Medical News Today, January 2021.
Chiropractic: Nursing Students Suffer Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Questionnaires completed by 125 nursing students revealed that 104 (~83%) had musculoskeletal pain or discomfort in at least one body region, most often in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. The findings reveal that undergraduate nursing students are at greater risk of musculoskeletal disorders and there is a need for greater prevention and treatment options for this group of students. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose and treat these disorders, often with a combination of manual therapies, specific exercises, and ergonomic guidance. Health SA, December 2020.
Mental Attitude: How Divorce Can Harm Kids.
Interviews conducted with over 550 kids, ages 9 to 18, revealed that exposure to conflict predicted a child’s fear that one or both parents would abandon them. Furthermore, children who reported higher fear of being abandoned were more likely to report more mental health issues nearly a year later. Based on the findings, the lead author says that parents need to make sure that their children know that even though they are separated or divorced, they will continue to care for them to help reduce any fears of abandonment. Child Development, January 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Should I Get a Calcium-Score Test?
A non-contrast coronary calcium CT scan is used to help detect calcium deposits in atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries. The greater the buildup of calcium, the higher one’s risk for future cardiovascular events. Doctors recommend this test for patients with the following traits: family or personal history of coronary artery disease; males over age 45 and females over the age of 55; history of smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure; excess weight; and inactivity. Cleveland Clinic, February 2021
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
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