Weekly Health Update

July 30, 2014

Week of:  Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

"It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power."~Robert T. Kiyosaki

Mental Attitude:  Stress and Depression May Boost Stroke Risk. According to a new study, stress, hostility, and depression may increase an individual's risk for stroke.  Researchers found that stress increases the risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 59%, hostility doubles the risk, and depression raises the  risk by 86%!  The study's lead author Dr. Susan Eversion-Rose writes, "Chronic stress and negative emotions are important psychological factors that affect one's health, and findings from this study link these factors to the brain health in particular."

Stroke, August 2014

Health Alert: New Clues Found to Possibly Detect Autism. Researchers have identified a genetic mutation that increases the risk for a certain form of autism.  This discovery may enable doctors to do pre-birth testing for the CHD8 gene mutation to determine an unborn baby's risk for autism.  Early detection is critical for early treatment and outcomes of autism spectrum disorders.  Study leader Dr. Raphael Bernier adds, "This is a big leap forward in our insight into the causes of autism... We know that if we can intervene by 3 or 6 months of age instead of later in life, we can help the child learn important social communication skills, like eye contact."

Cell, July 2014

Diet: Do Diners Use Calorie Labeling When Posted? Have you noticed the calorie labeling when ordering food at your favorite restaurant lately?  According to a new study, about 60% of American adults make use of calorie information to determine what food they will order.  Two-thirds of women said they used calorie labeling to choose their meal, while just under half of men do.  It is hoped that calorie labeling can help individuals who want to lose weight to order less fattening dishes.  In 2010, Congress passed legislation requiring menu labeling at restaurants with at least 20 locations nationwide.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, July 2014

Exercise: Less Physical Activity, Not Increased Calories, Responsible for Expanding Waists. An analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveals that a sedentary lifestyle -- and not increased calorie intake -- could be the reason for increased obesity in the United States and much of the Western world.  Investigators theorize that a drop in leisure-time physical activity, especially among young women, is to blame for the upward trend in obesity rates.  The number of female American adults reporting no physical activity increased from 19.1% in 1994 to 51.7% in 2010.  The number for men increased from 11.4% in 1994 to 43.5% in 2010.  During that period, the average BMI increased across the board, with the most dramatic rise among women ages 18-39.

The American Journal of Medicine, May 2014

Chiropractic: Bad Weather May Not Cause Your Back Pain. Australian researchers tracked about 1,000 people who were seen for acute low back pain to determine if weather conditions played a part in when a patient's back pain commenced.   They found no connection between acute back pain, humidity, air pressure, wind direction, or precipitation.  Lead researcher Dr. Daniel Steffens writes, "Our findings refute previously held beliefs that certain common weather conditions increase risk of lower back pain."  Steffens believes that similar studies might be needed to examine the role of weather on chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Arthritis Care & Research, July 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Healthy Lifestyle Adds Years to Life. Researchers at the University of Zurich conclude that you can live longer thanks to eating fruit, exercising, limiting alcohol consumption, and not smoking.  Based on their research, a 75-year-old male who takes care of his health has a 67% chance of living another decade.  On the other hand, a 75-year-old man who is sedentary, eats poorly, smokes, and drinks a lot has only a 35% chance of seeing age 85.

Preventative Medicine, June 2014



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