Health Alert: Phthalates May Lower Fertility.
Phthalates are a class of chemicals used to increase the durability of many materials, including some cosmetics and plastics. These chemicals are known as endocrine disruptors, which can influence hormone levels in the body. In a recent study that included more than 1,200 women attempting to conceive, researchers observed that those with higher levels of phthalates in their blood were up to 18% less likely to become pregnant.
Environmental Health Perspectives, December 2023
Diet: Whey Protein May Lower Diabetes Risk.
For adults at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a recent umbrella review that included 13 systematic reviews concluded that taking a daily whey protein supplement “may improve multiple clinical indicators of glucose control, along with triglycerides and blood pressure…”
Current Developments in Nutrition, October 2023
Exercise: Postpartum Physical Activity Benefits.
A review of guidelines from 22 countries found that increased physical activity and/or less sedentary behavior in the postpartum period is associated with the following benefits: weight control/management, a reduced risk for depression, and improved well-being.
Journal of Sport and Health Science, December 2023
Chiropractic: The Importance of Proper Diagnosis and Treatment.
This case study described a patient with anteromedial leg pain that had been diagnosed as shin splints for ten years. Following a review of the patient’s history and chiropractic examination focused on anatomy, biomechanics, and the peripheral nervous system, the patient received a diagnosis of dynamic stenosis of the left L4-5 intervertebral foramen leading to mixed partial mononeuropathy of the L4 spinal nerve, causing pain and hypersensitivity in the anteromedial shin. A treatment plan that included manual therapy targeting the intervertebral foramen resulted in resolution of the patient’s pain and sensory symptoms.
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, August 2023
Mental Attitude: Doctors Are Both Excited and Concerned About AI's Role in Medicine.
The American Medical Association reports that a survey of their membership revealed about 70% of medical physicians believe artificial intelligence (AI) could enhance workflow efficiency and aid in better patient diagnosis, and roughly half thought it can aid in documentation and reduce red tape associated with prior authorization for insurance coverage. However, about 40% of respondents voiced concern about the impact of AI on patient-doctor interactions and patient privacy.
American Medical Association, December 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Prospective Dads Should Avoid Alcohol.
Texas A&M University researchers note that alcohol can affect sperm quality, reducing the risk for conception and increasing the risk for potential birth defects if pregnancy is achieved. Because these effects can persist during withdrawal, the research team recommends men wishing to become fathers abstain from alcohol for at least three months.
Andrology, December 2023
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