Health Alert: Is Pediatric Brain Injury Linked to Epilepsy?
Among a group of nearly 72,000 children treated for traumatic brain injury, researchers observed that such patients had a fourteen-times increased risk for developing epilepsy in the following four years, and the risk remained elevated in the following decade.
Epilespsia, October 2023
Diet: Children with Diabetes or Prediabetes Should Avoid Low-Carb Diets.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against a low-carb or ketogenic diet for children and teens with prediabetes or diabetes, except when closely supervised by a specialized diabetes care team. Instead, the AAP recommends getting regular exercise, avoiding processed foods and sugary drinks, and eating nutrient-rich carbohydrates as part of a balanced diet.
American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2023
Exercise: Walking Helps Peripheral Artery Disease Patients.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is described as the narrowing of leg arteries, which limits blood flow to muscles, making it difficult to stand or walk. A systematic review that included five studies found that a home-based walking program can serve as a convenient and efficient intervention for improving walking ability in PAD patients.
JAMA Network Open, September 2023
Chiropractic: Neck and Back Pain Common in College Students.
Questionnaires completed by 289 university students revealed that about two thirds experienced either neck or low back pain in the previous year with close to half having either condition in the previous week.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, June 2023
Mental Attitude: Mindfulness App Can Improve Kids’ Mental Health.
Mindfulness is described as the ability to be fully present, aware of where you are, and calm about what’s going on around you. In a recent study, researchers observed that children who used a mindfulness app at home for 40 days experienced improvements in mental health, stress, and negative emotions.
PLOS One, October 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Healthier Lifestyle Can Help Address Fatty Liver.
Metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) occurs when fat accumulates in the liver, leading to inflammation, scarring, and serious complications. A systematic review that included twelve studies found that poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle is common among MAFLD patients and adopting a healthier eating pattern, reducing sedentary time, and engaging in regular exercise can improve liver health, weight status, blood sugar levels, and overall quality of life.
Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, November 2023