Week of: Monday, December 25th, 2023

“Our power lies in 
our small daily choices, 
one after another, 
to create eternal ripples 
of a life well lived.” 
~ Mollie Marti

Health Alert: Steroids Linked to Concussion in High School Athletes.
Using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, researchers report that 55% of high school athletes with a history of steroid use have sustained a mild-traumatic brain injury, which is more than twice the rate of non-steroid teen athletes at 20%. The research team notes that steroid use may lead to more aggressive play, increasing the risk of head injury.
Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, October 2023

Diet: Processed Red Meat Intake Linked to Heart Disease and Diabetes.
University of Hong Kong researchers estimate that increasing one’s processed red meat intake by 50 grams a day may elevate the risk for cardiovascular disease by 26% and the risk for type 2 diabetes by 44%.
European Heart Journal, October 2023

Exercise: Time of Day for Exercise May Not Matter for Bone Health.
In a recent animal study, researchers observed that time of day is not a factor when it comes to exercise that promotes stronger, healthier bones in rats. Of course, further research is needed to determine if these results are consistent in human subjects.
Frontiers in Physiology, October 2023

Chiropractic: Is Poor Knee Balance Linked to Low Back Pain?
Assessments of 49 women, 25 with chronic non-specific low back pain, revealed an association between abnormal knee joint proprioception and chronic non-specific low back pain. The findings demonstrate how abnormal biomechanics in one area of the body may contribute to musculoskeletal disorders in adjacent areas.
Journal of Bodyworks and Movement Therapies, July 2023

Mental Attitude: Most Concussed College Athletes Miss About Two Weeks of Play.
Among a group of 1,049 collegiate athletes who sustained a sports-related concussion, researchers observed that symptoms tended to resolve within 6-9 days and athletes returned to play within 11-17 days.
Annals of Biomedical Engineering, November 2023

Wellness/Prevention: Alcohol Abuse Affects the Muscles.
A literature review that included 96 studies found that alcohol impairs mitochondrial function and extracellular matrix remodeling, which can have detrimental effects on skeletal muscle mass and function in individuals with a long-term history of alcohol abuse.
Alcohol Research, November 2023

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