Week of: Monday, June 10th, 2024

“Everybody’s gotta learn, 
nobody’s born knowing.” 
~ Harper Lee

Health Alert: Cardiac Comorbidities Can Worsen Knee Replacement Outcomes.
Among a sample of more than 380,000 patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA), researchers observed that those with pre-existing cardiac comorbidities (such as congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, valvular dysfunction, and arrhythmia) have an elevated risk for adverse outcomes including a longer hospital stay, heart attack, acute kidney injury, transfusion, thromboembolic events, and infection. The authors conclude, “As our use of TKA rises, a lower threshold for preoperative cardiology referral in older individuals and early preoperative counseling/intervention in those with known cardiac disease may be necessary to reduce adverse outcomes.”
Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery, April 2024

Diet: Vitamin C May Benefit Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually affects the small joints in the hands and feet. A recent animal study found that a vitamin C supplement given to mice with rheumatoid arthritis stimulated changes in the gut microbiota that led to a reduction in several inflammatory biomarkers. The findings suggest that vitamin C has a role in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.
Bioscience Trends, April 2024

Exercise: Just an Extra 1,500 Steps a Day...
For patients at elevated risk for heart disease, a recent study found that increasing one’s daily step count by 1,500 steps can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease-related death by 10%.
Circulation, April 2024

Chiropractic: Treating Frozen Shoulder.
Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is described as a painful restriction of the shoulder’s range of motion. Among a group of 20 adhesive capsulitis patients, those who received a multimodal treatment plan that included specific exercises, heat therapy, and manual therapies—an approach that patients may encounter in a chiropractic setting—reported significant improvements with respect to pain, function, and range of motion.
Cureus, January 2024

Mental Attitude: Spending Time in Nature Benefits Kids’ Mental Health.
Researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina report that the more green space (parks, trails, and other nature settings) within .75 miles of a young child’s home, the less likely they’ll experience symptoms of a mood disorder by age five.
JAMA Network Open, April 2024

Wellness/Prevention: Even Small Vision Issues Lead to Worse Grades.
To underscore the importance of regular eye exams, a recent study found that children with nearsighted vision that remains uncorrected receive lower grades than their peers who wear glasses or do not have vision problems.
BMC Pediatrics, March 2024

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