Week of: Monday, April 22nd, 2024

“I may not have gone 
where I intended to go, 
but I think I have ended up 
where I intended to be.”
~ Douglas Adams

Health Alert: Symptoms Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risks in Menopausal Women.
According to a recent study, the combination of migraine and vasomotor symptoms (night sweats or hot flashes, for example) is linked to a more than 50% increased risk for either heart attack or stroke in women undergoing menopause.
Menopause Society, February 2024

Diet: Sweetened Beverages Linked to Atrial Fibrillation.
An analysis of data concerning more than 200,000 adults revealed that consuming more than two liters of either sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages a week is linked to a 10-20% increased risk for atrial fibrillation diagnosis in the next decade. Meanwhile, drinking a liter a week of pure fruit juice can cut the risk for heart arrhythmia disorder by 8%.
Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, March 2024

Exercise: Isometric Exercises for Lower Blood Pressure.
Isometric exercises are performed in static positions using the body’s weight to build strength and stability such as planks, bridges, and wall sits. New research suggests that isometric exercises offer an excellent approach for reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Mayo Clinic, January 2024

Chiropractic: Neck Pain Is a Worldwide Problem.
In 2020, more than 203 million people worldwide experienced at least one episode of neck pain. Due to a variety of factors, including the aging of the world population, experts estimate that cases of neck pain will increase by 32.5% by 2050, affecting nearly 270 million people.
The Lancet Rheumatology, March 2024

Mental Attitude: Relationship Between Loneliness and Back Pain in Later Life.
Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, researchers found that older adults experiencing loneliness had a higher risk for back pain in the following one-to-two years. Likewise, seniors with back pain were more likely to report loneliness in the same time frame. The findings suggest that back pain and loneliness may be risk factors for one another in older adults.
Annals of Geriatric Medicine and Research, December 2023

Wellness/Prevention: Ergonomic Seat Design May Help Make Mountain Biking Easier on the Back.
Researchers report that a new mountain bike seat featuring a raised rear, longitudinal dip, and subtle lateral instability may have a positive effect on muscle activation and pelvic-spine kinematics, reducing the risk for low back pain associated with mountain biking.
Sports Biomechanics, February 2024

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