Health Alert: Underactive Thyroid May Increase Dementia Risk.
A review of the medical records of over 15,000 older adults revealed that a history of hypothyroidism is associated with an 80% elevated risk for dementia, and the risk is even greater among those on hormone-replacement medications.
Neurology, July 2022
Diet: Inflammatory Diet Linked to Frailty.
Frailty is a condition characterized by weakness, slowness, physical inactivity, self-reported exhaustion, and unintentional weight loss that is associated with an increased risk for poor health outcomes. Using data from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring study, researchers have observed an association between a pro-inflammatory diet—an eating pattern characterized by a high intake of sugar, polysaturated vegetable oils, trans fats, dairy products, feed lot-raised meat, red meat, processed meat, alcohol, refined grains, and artificial food additives—and an elevated risk for frailty.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2022
Exercise: Active Teens Sleep Better and Have Healthier Hearts.
Assessments of 352 adolescents revealed that those who regularly engage in physical activity not only experience better quality sleep, but they also have better cardiovascular function than their sedentary peers.
Sleep & Breathing, August 2022
Chiropractic: Manual Therapies and Tinnitus.
Following a study that showed that manual therapies are an effective intervention for patients with suspected cervicogenic somatosensory tinnitus, researchers conclude that in the absence of ENT (ear, nose, and throat) pathologies, patients seeking care for ringing in the ears should be examined for musculoskeletal dysfunction in the head and neck. Doctors of chiropractic commonly use manual therapies to manage patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
HNO, August 2022
Mental Attitude: People Appreciate Hearing from You.
A recent series of experiments found that individuals who reach out to acquaintances, friends, and family generally underestimate the impact their gesture would have on others, especially when the recipient has no reason to expect it.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, July 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Achieve Healthier Skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following skin care routine to keep your skin young and healthy looking: wear sunscreen daily; don't smoke; inspect your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer; determine your skin type, and use products formulated for that type; use mild warm water and a gentle cleanser when washing your face; wash your face before bed, when you wake, and if your face is sweaty; and find ways to manage stress, such as exercising.
American Academy of Dermatology, July 2022