Week of: Monday, April 1st, 2024

“The road to hell is paved 
with works-in-progress.” 
~ Philip Roth

Health Alert: Extreme Heat Affects Pregnancy & Premature Birth Risk.
Following an analysis of data concerning 1.2 million births in Sydney, Australia between 2000 and 2022, researchers report that extreme heat during the third trimester of pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for premature birth. The authors speculate that high temperatures overnight can disrupt an expectant mother’s circadian rhythms and blood pressure, which have been linked to premature birth in past studies.
JAMA Pediatrics, February 2024

Diet: Many Kids Consume Too Many Ultra-Processed Foods.
A commentary published in the American Journal of Medicine warns that a high intake of ultra-processed foods—food products include added sugars, fats, and salt to enhance flavor and prolong shelf life—has been linked to several poor health outcomes including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Unfortunately, ultra-processed food products make up a significant portion of the American diet, including 70% of the average child’s total calorie intake.
American Journal of Medicine, February 2024

Exercise: Sitting Less, Moving More Reduces Depression and Stress in College Students.
Questionnaires completed by more than 8,000 university students revealed that exchanging 30 minutes of sedentary behavior for physical activity of any intensity can reduce depressive symptoms and stress.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, February 2024

Chiropractic: See a Chiropractor First for Spine Pain.
A systematic review that included 44 studies concluded that patients who initially consult with a doctor of chiropractic for spinal conditions are less likely to subsequently receive an opioid prescription or injection, undergo surgery, be hospitalized, visit the emergency room, or be referred to a specialist—all of which results in reduced healthcare expenditures overall.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, March 2024

Mental Attitude: Grief Takes a Toll on the Body.
According to a recent study, grief can manifest in the body as low-grade inflammation, increased sensitivity to pain, and disruption to the gut microbiome—all of which may hinder the immune system and increase the risk for illness.
University of California, Los Angeles, February 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Can Vitamin D Reduce Breast Cancer Risk?
Past research has identified various pathways by which vitamin D can inhibit breast cancer tumors, both directly and indirectly. In a recent literature review, the authors concluded that maintaining vitamin D serum levels above 40 ng/mL is necessary to experience vitamin D’s protective effects against breast cancer.
Nutrients, February 2024

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