Health Alert: Parents Often Give Fever Meds to Kids Too Soon.
A survey of nearly 1,400 parents revealed that a third would still give their child fever-reducing medication at a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and half would provide such pharmaceuticals at a temperature below 101.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, one-in-four parents would give their child an additional dose in an effort to keep such a low-grade fever from returning. Pediatrician Dr. Susan Woolford adds, “Some parents may immediately rush to give their kids medicine, but it's often better to let the fever run its course… Lowering a child's temperature doesn't typically help cure their illness any faster. In fact, a low-grade fever helps fight off the infection. There's also the risk of giving too much medication when it's not needed, which can have side effects.”
University of Michigan, February 2023
Diet: Foods to Avoid for Reducing Salt Intake.
The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences notes that the following foods may be most responsible for excessive sodium intake in the American diet: pizza; bread, rolls, and buns; cold cuts and cured meats; soups; burritos and tacos; savory snacks; poultry; cheese; pasta dishes; burgers; cookies, brownies, and cakes; bacon, frankfurters, and sausages; and chicken nuggets.
Nutrients, February 2023
Exercise: Just 20 Minutes of Exercise a Day Can Lower Risk for Hospital Stays.
For adults in middle and old age, a recent study found that getting just twenty minutes of exercise a day can reduce the risk of hospitalization from pneumonia, stroke, diabetes complications, and severe urinary tract infections by as much as 23%.
JAMA Network Open, February 2023
Chiropractic: Low Back Pain Is Common in Adolescents.
Questionnaires completed by 2,000 teenagers revealed that 57% experienced an episode of low back pain in the previous year.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, September 2022
Mental Attitude: Poor Sleep Late in Pregnancy Linked to Postpartum Depression.
A systematic review that included ten studies concluded that poor sleep in the weeks prior to giving birth is associated with a 2.71 times increased risk for postpartum depression.
Journal of Affective Disorders, April 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Greenspaces May Help Protect Eyes of Diabetes Patients.
Adding to a growing body of research on the benefits of greenery on public health, an analysis of data from a long-term study that included nearly 60,000 diabetics found that living in a neighborhood with better access to greenspaces is associated with a lower risk for diabetic retinopathy.
Environmental Research, March 2023
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