Week of: Monday, December 5th, 2022

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.” ~ George S. Patton

Health Alert: Many Parents Have Leftover Meds at Home. A recent survey of 2,000 parents of children under the age of 18 revealed that half have leftover or expired medications in the home. To reduce the risk for prescription drug misuse by kids and teens, experts recommend properly disposing of unused medications.

University of Michigan, October 2022

Diet: Polyphenol Intake Linked to Better Cardiovascular Health in Adolescents. Polyphenols are micronutrients with antioxidant properties found abundantly in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, red wine, and cocoa. Examinations of 1,326 teenagers revealed an association between higher polyphenol levels in urine samples and better cardiovascular health.

Scientific Reports, October 2022

Exercise: Digital Nudges Can Encourage More Exercise. In a recent experiment, researchers observed that “digital nudges” such as text messages, app alerts, or emails in the form of motivational messages had a positive effect on increasing physical activity levels among normally sedentary individuals.

Journal of Association of Information Systems, October 2022

Chiropractic: Manual Therapies Benefit Patients with a Lateral Ankle Sprain. A systematic review of data

from three randomized-controlled studies concluded that a combination of manual therapies and specific exercises is more effective for improving range of motion, pain, and function in patients with an acute lateral ankle sprain than specific exercises alone. Doctors of chiropractic often use such an approach when managing an acute lateral ankle sprain patient.

Journal of Clinical Medicine, August 2022

Mental Attitude: Video Gaming Associated with Higher Cognitive Performance. A study that included 2,000

children revealed that those who play video games for three or more hours a day scored higher on cognitive, impulse control, and working memory assessments then kids who do not play video games. The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Dr. Nora Volkow adds, “This study adds to our growing understanding of the associations between playing video games and brain development… Numerous studies have linked video gaming to behavior and mental health problems. This study suggests that there may also be cognitive benefits associated with this popular pastime, which are worthy of further investigation.”

JAMA Network Open, October 2022

Wellness/Prevention: Caregivers Need to Take Care of Themselves. The American Heart Association offers the following recommendations for caregivers to better manage their own health and wellbeing: indulge in something calming and relaxing on a daily basis, such as walking or yoga; set aside time just for yourself daily; and pay attention to your emotional health and seek counseling and support if needed.

American Heart Association, October 2022

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