Week of: Monday, January 29th, 2024

“The only durable sense of success 
is if you've followed your calling.” 
~ Jim Harrison

Health Alert: Sleep Apnea Linked to Heart Disease.
Following an analysis of data concerning more than 500,000 adults, researchers report that individuals with a history of sleep apnea have a 35% increased risk for coronary artery disease.
MedRxiv, November 2023

Diet: Can Broccoli Sprouts Protect Against IBD?
In a recent experiment, researchers found that mice with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) given a supplement of broccoli sprouts along with their normal diet experienced more mild disease symptoms and developed a healthier gut bacteria population.
mSystems, November 2023

Exercise: Fitness Can Help Mitigate Anxiety-Related Low Back Pain Risk.
Past research has identified anxiety as a risk factor for low back pain. According to a recent study that included more than 13,000 adults, researchers observed that those with self-reported anxiety and high cardiorespiratory fitness levels are nearly four times less likely to develop low back pain in the following five years than those with anxiety and low fitness.
Journal of Sports Science, June 2023

Chiropractic: Hamstring Tightness Linked to Neck and Low Back Pain.
Examinations of 104 adults under 40 years of age revealed that nearly three-quarters of those with either chronic neck or low back pain reported tight hamstrings in one or both legs. The authors note that hamstring tightness can affect the biomechanics of the spine, increasing the risk for disorders such as low back pain and neck pain.
Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, August 2023

Mental Attitude: Biological Age May Affect Risk and Dementia.
Using data from the UK Biobank study, researchers report that individuals whose blood lipid levels, blood pressure, and pulmonary function resemble those of someone more than five years older than them are 40% more likely to develop vascular dementia or stroke than their peers with a biological age closer to their actual age.
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, November 2023

Wellness/Prevention: Pill-Sized Device Can Track Breathing and Heart Rate.
Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a “technopill” that when swallowed, can monitor an individual’s breathing and cardiac function with high accuracy until it’s excreted a few days later. It’s hoped such a device can provide doctors with a non-invasive tool for collecting real-time information on patient health.
Cell Press, November 2023

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