Weekly Health Update Week of: Monday, February 5th, 2018

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
~ Stephen Hawking

Mental Attitude: Smell Your Partner’s Shirt to Reduce Stress.
In this study, investigators observed that women who smelled their partner’s shirt had a reduced response to stress in comparison with those who smelled a stranger’s scent. Senior author Dr. Frances Chen comments, “Our research suggests that something as simple as taking an article of clothing that was worn by your loved one could help lower stress.”
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, January 2018

Health Alert: Common Drug May Lead to Reduced Fertility of Offspring.
Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is commonly taken by pregnant women to help relieve pain, but a new study suggests that this medication may lead to reduced fertility among female offspring. Investigators found that rodents given paracetamol during pregnancy, at doses equivalent to what pregnant woman usually take for pain relief, produced female offspring with fewer eggs. Lead investigator Dr. David Kristensen writes, “Although this may not be a severe impairment to fertility, it is still of real concern since data from three different labs all independently found that paracetamol may disrupt female reproductive development in this way, which indicates further investigation is needed to establish how this affects human fertility.”
Endocrine Connections, January 2018

Diet: Many Babies in the US Start Solid Foods Too Soon.
Researchers analyzed the food intake of nearly 1,500 babies in the United States and found that about 16% of parents fed their child complementary foods before the age of four months, and about 38% provided their son or daughter solids or other drinks by five months of age. Lead investigator Dr. Chloe Barrera warns, “Introducing babies to complementary foods too early can cause them to miss out on important nutrients that come from breast milk and infant formula.”
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, January 2018

Exercise: Can Exercise Help Slow Cognitive Decline?
Seniors with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have an elevated risk for developing dementia. However, a review of data from eleven published studies indicates that adults with MCI can improve their cognitive function by engaging in an aerobic exercise routine.
International Journal of Nursing Studies, January 2018

Chiropractic: Walking is Good for Chronic Back Pain.
For patients with chronic low back pain, a daily walk may be just what the doctor ordered. A review of findings from nine published studies indicates that daily walks can help reduce both pain and disability in patients with chronic back pain. Since walking is easy to perform and highly accessible, the authors recommend that walking be included in treatment recommendations for patients with chronic low back pain.
Musculoskeletal Science and & Practice, December 2017

Wellness/Prevention: Get Healthy.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends the following to achieve a healthier lifestyle: don’t smoke or abuse drugs; limit alcohol intake; make healthy food choices; exercise regularly; maintain a healthy weight; manage your blood pressure; get enough sleep; and maintain a strong relationship with your healthcare provider and ask your them about any health concerns.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, January 2018

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