Weekly Health Update
~ Shaun David Hutchinson
Mental Attitude: Air Pollution and Parkinson’s Disease.
Taiwanese researchers reviewed data concerning over a million patients and found a link between regular exposure to particulate matter pollution and an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease.
PLOS ONE, August 2017
Health Alert: Alcohol Use and Abuse Increasing in the US.
Rates of drinking and alcohol abuse are on the rise in the United States (US). An analysis of data has found that the rate of alcohol use in the US increased from 65% in 2001-2002 to nearly 73% by 2012-2013. Furthermore, the prevalence of alcoholism rose from 8.5% to 13% in the same time frame. The findings highlight the urgency to educate the public, policymakers, and healthcare professionals about high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorders so that prevention and treatment strategies can be implemented.
JAMA Psychiatry, August 2017
Diet: Protein at All Meals Preserves Seniors’ Strength.
Consuming protein at all three daily meals may help seniors preserve their physical strength. Researchers tracked more than 1,700 seniors for three years and found that those who included protein in every meal experienced fewer declines in hand, arm, and leg strength than participants who ate protein less often.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2017
Exercise: High-Intensity Interval Training May Reverse Frailty Among Seniors.
Investigators studied the effect of a ten-minute exercise program that included several high-intensity intervals on older, frail mice over the course of sixteen weeks and found that these mice experienced dramatic improvements in grip strength, treadmill endurance, gait speed, and muscle mass compared with mice in a control group. If these findings apply to human subjects, then introducing seniors to this form of exercise may help them remain active and independent for longer.
Journal of Gerontology A, June 2017
Chiropractic: Can Reducing Pelvic Tilt Angle Reduce Back Pain?
In this case study, a 56-year-old woman with severe lower back pain and excessive lumbar lordosis performed an exercise three times a day aimed at reducing the angle of her pelvis in relation to her spine. After two weeks, her anterior pelvic tilt angle had decreased, resulting in a 50% reduction in her lower back pain. When examining a patient, doctors of chiropractic look at the whole patient, as many times factors outside the immediate area of complaint—like their pelvic tilt angle—may contribute to the patient’s pain and disability.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science, July 2017
Wellness/Prevention: Kids Need Supervision While They Are Near Cars.
Unsupervised children playing on or near a road or driveway is a recipe for injury. To prevent a tragedy, Safe Kids Worldwide suggests the following: walk around your car before you leave to make sure there are no children nearby; check for toys, bikes, or pets near your car, which could attract children; and hold the hands of small children when you’re in a driveway, crossing the road, or in a parking lot.
Safe Kids Worldwide, August 2017
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