“We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mental Attitude: Mid-Life Risk Factors for Dementia.
An analysis of data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study revealed that obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension during middle age are each associated with an increased risk for dementia later in life.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia, May 2018
Health Alert: Fentanyl Driving Overdose Deaths in America.
Drug overdose deaths in the United States involving fentanyl-type drugs have increased from about 3,000 in 2000 to about 19,400 in 2016! The findings are not that surprising to researchers since these drugs are about 50-times more potent than heroin and nearly 100-times more powerful than morphine. Dr. Linda Richter from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse notes these findings “solidly confirm what front-line healthcare and law enforcement professionals in towns and cities across the country know from firsthand experience: deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl are now the main drivers of drug overdose deaths in the United States.”
Journal of the American Medical Association, May 2018
Diet: Protein Supplements Timing.
Should you consume protein supplements with meals or between meals? Researchers recently assessed data from 34 studies and discovered that consuming protein supplements with meals is more effective for weight control, while consuming protein supplements between meals can help increase body mass.
Nutrition Reviews, April 2018
Exercise: Fitness Helps Seniors Recall Words.
Ever find yourself trying to recall a word that’s on the tip of your tongue? In a study that included both seniors and young adults, researchers found that those with higher aerobic fitness levels performed better on word recall tests.
Scientific Reports, April 2018
Chiropractic: When to Seek Care for Low Back Pain.
The majority of people will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in their life. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends seeking treatment if you have the following symptoms: pain that radiates down your leg below your knee; leg, foot, or groin numbness; fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or weakness; difficulty going to the bathroom; low back pain caused by an injury; pain so intense that you can’t move; and pain persisting or worsening after two weeks.
American Academy of Family Physicians, May 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Living in the Vicinity of a Farm May Prevent Allergies.
Past research has shown that children who grow up on farms develop fewer allergies, but what about people who live near farms? Researchers surveyed 2,500 adults who lived in rural areas and found that those who resided within about 1,000 feet of livestock were 27% less likely to have allergies compared to those who lived further away. The authors say the finding supports the “hygiene hypothesis,” which states that exposing the immune-system to allergy triggers called antigens actually helps prime the body against developing allergies.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2018