Health Alert: Common Pain Relievers May Make Arthritic Knees Worse.
An analysis of data from a long-term study on knee arthritis found that regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with worse knee inflammation and cartilage deterioration. Lead researcher Dr. Johanna Luitjens writes, “The use of NSAIDs for their anti-inflammatory function has been frequently propagated in patients with osteoarthritis in recent years and should be revisited, since a positive impact on joint inflammation could not be demonstrated.”
Radiological Society of North America, November 2022
Diet: Almonds May Help You Eat Fewer Calories.
Almond consumption is linked to a decreased C-peptide response, as well as increased levels of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, glucagon, and pancreatic polypeptides—which are associated with improved insulin sensitivity and improved satiety.
European Journal of Nutrition, October 2022
Exercise: Morning May Be the Best Time for Exercise.
Researchers analyzed the activity level and heart health data of nearly 87,000 participants and found the risk for heart disease and stroke was lowest among those who exercised in the morning.
European Society of Cardiology, November 2022
Chiropractic: Managing Cervicogenic Dizziness.
A systematic review and meta-analysis that included 13 studies concluded that the combination of exercise therapy and manual therapy—an approach commonly used by doctors of chiropractic—is effective for managing dizziness that originates from dysfunction in the cervical spine.
Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, October 2022
Mental Attitude: Babies Have a Greater Imagination Than Previously Known.
In a recent experiment, researchers observed that pupil diameter increased in the eyes of infants when they were shown an object that was not clearly recognizable. The research team suggests this is an indication of increased mental effort and that that babies have the ability to use their imagination even before they gain the ability to speak.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, November 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Bedtime Tips When Children Share a Bedroom.
To help ensure siblings who share a room get a restful night’s sleep, the National Sleep Foundation recommends the following: structure each child's bedtime routine so that it does not disrupt the other; if an older child will share a room with a baby, wait until the infant is a few months old to bring them together; explain to the older child that a younger child may wake during the night; and play white noise in the bedroom to dull distracting sounds.
National Sleep Foundation, November 2022
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