Weekly Health Update
Week of: Monday, April 30th, 2018
“If you fuel your journey on the opinions of others,
you are going to run out of gas.”
~ Steve Maraboli
Mental Attitude: ADHD and Smoking…
Individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who become smokers tend to try their first cigarette at a younger age than their peers without ADHD. Additionally, the data show that smokers with ADHD smoke more cigarettes per day and have a more difficult time quitting.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, March 2018
Health Alert: Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In this study, researchers compared the health history of 8,760 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 26,280 children without ASD. They found the following risk factors associated with ASD: maternal mental illness, epilepsy, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, infection, or asthma; assisted fertility; hyperemesis, younger maternal age; labor complications; low birth weight; infant infection; epilepsy; birth asphyxia; and newborn complications.
Pediatric Research, March 2018
Diet: Even If You Eat Healthy Foods, Salt Can Increase Your Blood Pressure.
An analysis of the dietary intake and urine samples of more than 4,000 adults revealed that a diet rich fruits and vegetables fails to counter the hypertensive effects of consuming too much salt. Study author Dr. Queenie Chan writes, “We currently have a global epidemic of high salt intake—and high blood pressure. This research shows there are no cheats when it comes to reducing blood pressure. Having a low-salt diet is key—even if your diet is otherwise healthy and balanced.”
Hypertension, March 2018
Exercise: Exercise Reduces Recurrent Fall Risk.
New research suggests that engaging in regular physical activity can protect seniors from falls. In this study, investigators found that older adults who exercise are 39% less likely to experience recurrent falls than their more sedentary peers.
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, March 2018
Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Disease Among Children Is an Economic Burden in the US.
According to a new report, more than 19 million children and adolescents in the United States (US) received treatment in medical centers, private medical practices, and hospitals for musculoskeletal-related conditions or injuries in 2012 at a total cost of about $7.6 billion. The report also found that musculoskeletal conditions account for 5.4% of hospital charges in the pediatric population, but only 1.4% of pediatric research funding is dedicated to musculoskeletal research. The authors of the report note the costs are most likely underestimated and that further research is needed to determine better ways of tracking direct and indirect costs of musculoskeletal conditions among children.
Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, February 2018
Wellness/Prevention: What to Ask If You Have Breast Cancer…
When receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to prepare a list of questions for your doctor. The American Cancer Society recommends inquiring about the following: the type and size of the breast cancer; if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or elsewhere; what stage is the cancer; how curable is the cancer; what tests, if any, are needed before deciding on treatment; the need to see any other doctor; what is the hormone receptor status of the cancer; what is the HER2 status of the cancer; what are the survival rate; and what are the costs and insurance coverage for diagnosis and treatment?
American Cancer Society, March 2018