Week of: Monday, June 5th, 2023

“I have made mistakes 
but I have never made the mistake 
of claiming that I have never made one.”
~ James Gordon Bennett

Health Alert: New Drug Combo Flagged as Emerging Threat.
The combination of fentanyl and the veterinary tranquilizer xylazine has been designated by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy as an emerging threat. Federal officials note that in addition to all the dangers that come with fentanyl use—such as respiratory failure—xylazine can also lead to necrosis of tissues near injection sites, and there’s no known cure for an overdose.
Associated Press, April 2023

Diet: Diet May Influence Inattention in Kids with ADHD.
Among a group of 134 elementary school-aged children with symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers observed that kids with a lower intake of fruit and vegetables tended to have a harder time maintaining attention than those with a more produce-rich diet.
Nutritional Neuroscience, June 2023

Exercise: Walking Benefits Multiple Sclerosis Patients.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system in which the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord resulting in symptoms such as numbness, tingling, mood changes, memory problems, pain, fatigue, blindness, and paralysis. In a recent experiment, researchers observed that patients in the early stages of MS who engaged in a 16-week walking program experienced meaningful improvements in motor processing speed.
Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, April 2023

Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulation Recommended for Acute Low Back Pain.
For acute non-specific low back pain with or without radiculopathy, several clinical practice guidelines recommend spinal manipulative therapy as a frontline treatment option. Spinal manipulation is the primary form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, March 2023

Mental Attitude: Autism Linked to Higher Rates of Mental and Physical Illness in Old Age.
A pair of studies recently presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research revealed that seniors with autism spectrum disorder are at elevated risk for heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), osteoarthritis, anemia, glucose dysregulation, self-harm, loneliness, social isolation, and lower quality of life.
International Society for Autism Research, May 2023

Wellness/Prevention: More Greenspace, Less Childhood Asthma.
In a study that included 16,605 children living in a major city, researchers identified an association between neighborhood greenspace and up to a 23% reduced risk for childhood asthma.
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, May 2023

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