Week of: Monday, December 26th, 2022

“Blind commitment to a theory 
is not an intellectual virtue: 
it is an intellectual crime.” 
~ Imre Lakatos

Health Alert: Being Overweight or Obese Can Elevate Stroke Risk.
According to a recent systematic review that looked at data from 24 studies that included more than 5.7 million total participants, being overweight or obese can increase the risk for stroke by up to 47%.
Journal of Neurology, December 2022

Diet: Kids Snack More When Sleep-Deprived.
Following an analysis of data from the Daily Rest, Eating and Activity Monitoring (DREAM) study, researchers report that sleep-deprived children are more likely to consume sugary-rich snacks than their peers who get adequate sleep. The findings offer one explanation as to why insufficient sleep is linked to childhood obesity.
International Congress on Obesity, October 2022

Exercise: Benefits of Regular Exercise.
The University of Rochester Medical Center reports that exercise provides the following benefits: improves blood circulation, blood cholesterol levels, sleep quality, and self-image; increases vitality, muscle strength, enthusiasm, and optimism; helps manage stress and a healthy blood pressure; aids in weight loss; fights anxiety and depression; releases tension; and prevents bone loss.
University of Rochester Medical Center, November 2022

Chiropractic: Manual Therapies Helps Patients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain.
A systematic review that included 30 randomized-controlled trials concluded that manual therapies—such as spinal manipulation, the primary form of treatment used by doctors of chiropractic—are an effective treatment option for patients with non-specific low back pain, or low back pain with no underlying disease or pathology, like an infection or osteoporotic fracture.
Cureus, August 2022

Mental Attitude: How Sleep Helps Create Memories That Last.
Past research has demonstrated that lack of sleep can affect the ability to form memories. In a recent study, researchers observed that as the brain cycles between slow-wave and rapid-eye-movement sleep, the hippocampus relays events of the previous day to the neocortex where general knowledge-type memories are stored.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2022

Wellness/Prevention: Caring for a Minor Burn.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for treating minor burns at home: hold the burned area under cold running water for five minutes to reduce pain and swelling; never ice or rub a burn, and do not pop a blister that forms as a result of a burn; cover the area with a clean bandage that won't stick to the burn; gently wash the area on a regular basis with water and soap; and avoid ointments unless recommended by your healthcare provider.
American Academy of Pediatrics, November 2022

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