Weekly Health Update
“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure
till you know there is no hook beneath it.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
Mental Attitude: Depression Strikes Nearly 3 Million Teens Yearly.
According to a new government report, almost three million American teens experienced a major bout of depression in 2014. Dr. Paolo del Vecchio, the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services at the United State (US) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration adds, “Adolescence is a critical time in a person’s development, and battling with depression can be devastating for teens unless they receive effective treatment… Effective treatment is available, but parents, teachers and all concerned members of the community must work to assure that adolescents in need get help.”
US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, July 2016
Health Alert: Do Migraines Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?
An analysis of data collected from 115,541 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II indicates that migraines may be an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The researchers found that women with a history of migraines had a greater risk for major cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, strokes, and angina/coronary revascularization procedures compared to women who did not have migraines. The research team adds, “These results further add to the evidence that migraine should be considered an important risk marker for cardiovascular disease, at least in women… Given the high prevalence of migraine in the general population, an urgent need exists to understand the biological processes involved and to provide preventive solutions for patients.”
British Journal of Medicine, May 2016
Diet: American Teens Report Drinking Fewer Soft Drinks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that teens in the United States (US) have reduced their soda consumption by almost a third in just two years. Experts from the CDC speculate that much of this reduction may be the result of a recent ban on the sale of sugary drinks in school vending machines.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2016
Exercise: Improves Blood Flow to the Brain!
Using MRI, researchers observed that more aerobically fit children have greater blood flow to the hippocampus—a part of the brain that’s important for learning and memory. This adds to an ever growing body of research linking improved physical fitness to better cognitive function.
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, July 2016
Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulations Reduce Myofascial Pain Sensitivity.
A study that included 26 participants recently assessed effects of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) on myofascial pain sensitivity. Investigators found that participants who received two consecutive SMT interventions 30 minutes apart experienced significant decreases in the pressure sensitivity of the associated myofascial tissues. The finding suggest the effects of SMT may have a dose-response relationship on the tissues that support and protect muscles and bones.
The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, June 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Removing Mold & Mildew.
Mold and mildew build-up in the home can lead to a number of poor health outcomes. Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Administration offer the following suggestions for eliminating mold and mildew from your home: wear a mask, eye protection, and gloves while cleaning; make sure to have adequate ventilation; thoroughly clean an affected area before using disinfectant; and if you develop a reaction while cleaning, hire a professional.
Federal Emergency Management Administration, June 2016
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