Health Alert: Frequent Use Antibiotics Associated with Greater Risk for IBD.
With the aid of information from the Danish national medical database, researchers observed an association between frequent antibiotic use and an elevated risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The finding underscores the importance of avoiding antibiotic overuse as several studies have found up to half of antibiotic prescriptions may be unnecessary.
Gut, January 2023
Diet: Nitrite Additives Linked to Type 2 Diabetes.
Using data from the NutriNet-Santé study, researchers report that a higher intake of nitrite food additives is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The researchers add, “These results provide a new piece of evidence in the context of current discussions regarding the need for a reduction of nitrite additives' use in processed meats by the food industry, and could support the need for better regulation of soil contamination by fertilizers. In the meantime, several public health authorities worldwide already recommend citizens to limit their consumption of foods containing controversial additives, including sodium nitrite.”
PLOS Medicine, January 2023
Exercise: Is Walking As Beneficial As Running?
The American Heart Association reports that mile-for-mile (or kilometer-for-kilometer), both brisk walking and running offer similar benefits in terms of lowering the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.
American Heart Association, January 2023
Chiropractic: Neural Mobilization for Managing Low Back and Radicular Pain?
For patients with low back and radicular pain, a systematic review that included eight studies found that neural mobilization—a form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic—may be an effective intervention for improving pain, function, and disability.
Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, February 2023
Mental Attitude: Child Maltreatment Linked to Multiple Mental Health Problems.
An analysis of 34 studies found that maltreatment during childhood is associated with small increases in the risk for depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and conduct problems.
American Journal of Psychiatry, January 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Tips for Safer Morning Blood Glucose Levels.
To reduce the risk for a potentially dangerous rise in blood glucose levels in the morning, the American Diabetes Association recommends the following for diabetics: eat your dinner earlier in the evening; go for a walk or engage in another form of physical activity after dinner; and if your fasting blood glucose remains high after these steps, see your healthcare provider.
American Diabetes Association, January 2023
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