DAILY HEALTH UPDATE

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 Courtesy of: Back Pain Relief Center 856-690-8883

Vineland Chiropractor. Mental Attitude: Many Americans Think Work Affects Their Health. A new study that included more than 1,600 workers in the United States (US) has found that 44% of American employees think their job takes a toll on their health, stress levels, and/or eating and sleep habits. Researcher Dr. Robert Blendon writes, “The takeaway here is that job number one for US employers is to reduce stress in the workplace.” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, July 2016

Health Alert: Teen Birth Rate Continues to Drop! The National Institutes for Health reports that there were 11 births per every 1,000 girls ages 15-17 in 2014, which is down from 12 births for every 1,000 girls in the same age range just a year before. Researchers add that the teen birth rate has been on a steady decline over the last several decades.
National Institutes for Health, July 2016

Diet: Probiotics Promote Weight Loss. Probiotics are often called “good bacteria” and are known to provide many health benefits. Researchers combined the findings of 25 randomized trials examining the effect of probiotic consumption on body weight and body-mass index (BMI) in over 1,900 healthy adults and found that taking probiotics reduced BMI and body weight, with the greatest reduction in BMI observed in overweight adults. Additionally, the researchers found that consuming more than one type of probiotic and taking probiotics for eight weeks or longer resulted in increased weight loss. Although the amount of weight loss noted in the study was minimal, even small reductions in weight can have enormous health benefits.

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, April 2016

Exercise: Does the Pokémon Go App Promote Exercise? Since the launch of the new Pokémon Go app, users are becoming more physically active. This app, which encourages players to walk around searching for fictional creatures, is motivating people to get off the couch and interact with the outside world as they visit pre-determined “stops” for collecting items needed to progress in the game. If the game continues to remain popular, it (and similar games likely to follow) could be a useful tool in the fight to reduce obesity rates in the United States. US News & World Report, July 2016

Chiropractic: Risk Factors for Back Pain in Women. Back pain causes greater disability worldwide than any other condition, and women are more likely to suffer from back pain than men. A new study investigated modifiable risk factors for back pain among middle-aged women and found that being overweight, recent weight gain, and depression are each independent predictors of back pain. On the other hand, the researchers observed that women who participate in vigorous physical activity have a lower risk for developing back pain. The authors conclude that targeting these lifestyle factors is an important area for future research on reducing the burden of back pain among middle-aged women.
Arthritic Care & Research, July 2016

Wellness/Prevention: “Bad Habits” May Reduce Allergies Later in Life. You may want to stop nagging you kids about nail biting or thumb sucking because a new study suggests these habits may actually be good for one’s health. The findings are based on over 1,000 children in New Zealand whom researchers followed from birth into adulthood. Based on reports from parents, investigators found that 31% of the children either sucked their thumbs or bit their nails frequently between the ages of five and eleven. These same kids were one-third less likely to develop allergic sensitization by age thirteen than their peers. Dr. Mika Hiramatsu, a pediatrician who reviewed the study adds, “I think this study adds weight to the idea that kids do better when they’re exposed to a variety of microbes. Being in a ‘sterile’ environment is not actually the best thing for us.”

Pediatrics, July 2016
Quote: “The key to winning is poise under stress.” ~ Paul Brown

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