Health Alert: Bacteria Cause 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide.
In 2019, about 7.7 million people died from infection from one of 33 common types of bacteria, with over 75% of bacteria-related deaths resulting from infection in either the lungs, bloodstream, or abdomen. Co-researcher Dr. Christopher Murray notes, “These new data for the first time reveal the full extent of the global public health challenge posed by bacterial infections… It is of utmost importance to put these results on the radar of global health initiatives so that a deeper dive into these deadly pathogens can be conducted and proper investments are made to slash the number of deaths and infections.”
The Lancet, November 2022
Diet: Polyphenol Intake Linked to Lower ADHD Risk.
Polyphenols are micronutrients with antioxidant properties found abundantly in many fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. In a recent study that included 400 children under the age of twelve, researchers observed an association between a higher dietary polyphenol intake and a reduced risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
BMC Pediatrics, December 2022
Exercise: Can Exercise Help Fight Colon Cancer?
Examinations of 179 patients under treatment for colon cancer revealed an association between higher physical activity levels and less inflammation in the colon, which may aid in the management of the disease.
American Journal of Cancer Research, November 2022
Chiropractic: Ankle Joint Mobilization Improves Motion and Balance.
A systematic review and meta-analysis that included nine studies concluded that ankle joint mobilization—a treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic—is an effective intervention for improving dorsiflexion range of motion and dynamic balance in patients with chronic ankle instability.
Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology, September 2022
Mental Attitude: Mood Disorders Common in Parents of Preterm Babies.
A systematic review of 79 studies found that depression and anxiety are common in the parents of preterm infants with depression affecting 29.2% of mothers and 17.4% of fathers and anxiety affecting 37.7% of moms and 18.3% of dads.
Journal of Affective Disorders, February 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Travel Safely on the Highway.
The American Red Cross offers the following tips to stay safe on the road: be particularly cautious in construction zones; take frequent breaks and/or switch drivers on longer drives; wear your seat belt; drive at a reasonable speed; don't use a cell phone while driving; be respectful of other drivers; never follow another vehicle too closely; keep your headlights, windows, and windshield clean; and turn on your headlights at dusk or any time you need to use your windshield wipers.
American Red Cross, November 2022
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