Health Alert: Air Pollution’s Effect on Blood Proteins.
In a recent experiment, researchers observed that exposure to diesel exhaust stimulated adverse changes in the concentration of 90 proteins in blood plasma that are associated with inflammation, cellular repair, clotting, heart disease, and immune function.
European Respiratory Society, September 2022
Diet: Peanuts May Aid Weight Loss.
Compared with participants on a low-fat diet, those who consumed a reduced-calorie diet that included 35 grams of peanuts eaten before two meals each day experienced greater improvements in blood pressure, weight loss, and fasting glucose levels. The researchers note that peanuts have a high satiety value, which may have helped participants feel fuller for longer, keeping their calorie intake low.
Nutrients, August 2022
Exercise: Exercise Can Help Schoolchildren Perform Better in School.
A recent study found that children who exercised regularly for six months experienced improved academic performance, especially their verbal ability. Lead researcher Dr. Francisco Ortega adds, “If your children do not perform well academically, do not punish them … or withdraw them from an after-school sports activity, do just the opposite.”
JAMA Network Open, August 2022
Chiropractic: Back Pain Risk Factors in Kids.
Interviews with 401 fifth grade students revealed that 182 experienced back pain within the previous three months. Further analysis show that the following are risk factors among students in this age group for developing back pain: watching television more than six hours a day; lifting heavy objects with poor posture; using a non-standard, two strap backpack; and incorrectly wearing a two-strap backpack.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, July 2022
Mental Attitude: Lifestyle Traits That Can Reduce Dementia Risk in Type 2 Diabetics.
Individuals with type 2 diabetes are at an elevated risk for dementia; however, a recent study found that diabetics can substantially reduce their risk for the condition by not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, getting regular exercise; eating a healthy diet; getting adequate sleep; avoiding prolonged sedentary behavior; and maintaining a healthy social life.
Neurology, September 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Can You Slow Hair Loss?
The American Academy of Dermatology offers the following tips for slowing hair loss: use caution when washing, drying, and styling your hair; be aware that some medications can trigger hair loss, so consult your healthcare provider for alternative choices; and keep in mind that hair loss can be temporary due to factors such as just having given birth, illness, or stress.
American Academy of Dermatology, September 2022
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