Weekly Health Update
~ Lou Holtz
Mental Attitude: Work Ethic Remains Unchanged.
Contrary to popular belief, baby boomers don’t have a stronger work ethic than their children or grandchildren. Using 105 different measures, including hours worked and commitment to family and work, investigators found no significant difference in work ethic between baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), generation X (1965 to 1980), and millennials (1981 to 1999). The findings suggest that human resource departments should not worry about the work ethic of younger employees.
Journal of Business and Psychology, October 2016
Health Alert: High Blood Pressure May Elevate Dementia Risk.
The American Heart Association (AHA) warns that high blood pressure (hypertension)—especially during middle age—may open the door to dementia. While the precise mechanism is not yet known, researchers speculate that hypertension damages blood vessels in the brain, impairing its ability to control blood flow, which is essential for normal brain function. Researcher Dr. Costantino Iadecola comments, “People with high blood pressure tend to have more dementia… Although scientifically we don’t have evidence, treating blood pressure is going to be important. It not only saves the brain, but also the heart and the kidney. So in the absence of evidence, the best thing to do is to control blood pressure.”
Hypertension, October 2016
Diet: To Sauté or Not to Sauté?
Sautéing is a healthy and simple way to prepare your vegetables. The American Heart Association gives the following tips on how to do it: add a tablespoon or two of broth or water to a skillet and place over medium heat; wait for the water or broth to begin to bubble; add sliced vegetables to the skillet; and cook them for five minutes, stirring continuously and adding extra liquid if needed.
American Heart Association, October 2016
Exercise: Can Minimalist Shoes Be Good for Your Feet?
Running in a minimalist shoe may be good for increasing foot strength. Researchers compared the effects of wearing traditional running shoes to a minimalist shoe with five separate toes and minimal to no cushioning or support. After a six-month running program, those wearing the minimalist shoes experienced an increase in mean volume of the forefoot and rearfoot of 11.9% and 6.6%, respectively, while those wearing traditional running shoes experienced no such gains. The findings suggest that transitioning to this type of shoe may help strengthen the muscular components of the foot core system, indicating its potential application in a rehabilitation program for injured and weak foot muscles.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, September 2016
Chiropractic: Pediatric Neck Pain Safely and Effectively Treated with Chiropractic Care.
Spinal pain in the pediatric population is a significant health issue that is becoming more common A recent analysis involving 50 pediatric neck pain patients found that the average duration of chiropractic care was five visits over 19 days with significant improvement recorded in 96% of cases and no documented adverse effects. The findings support the use of chiropractic manipulation in the management of neck pain in the pediatric population.
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, September 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Keeping Dust Mites Out of Your Bed.
If you wake up sneezing and sniffling, you may have dust mites in your bed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following to prevent dust mites: run a dehumidifier in your bedroom, as dust mites thrive in humid conditions; buy dust-proof covers for your pillows and mattress; wash bedding in very hot water and dry it in the hot cycle every week; and dust and vacuum your bedroom weekly.
National Sleep Foundation, October 2016
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