Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Mental Attitude: Poor Balance May Indicate Dementia Risk. University of California, Irvine researchers report that poor physical performance among those over 90 years old may indicate a greater risk for developing dementia. In particular, the study found that participants who had difficulty maintaining their balance while standing were 1.9-2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with dementia during the next two to three years. This finding adds to previous research suggesting physical fitness may also play a role in mental fitness. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, July 2016

Health Alert: Long Work Hours May Be Harmful to Your Health. Years of working long hours may take a steep toll on one’s health. Researchers compared men who typically worked more than 60 hours a week during their career with those who worked 30 to 40 hours a week and found those who worked the longer hours had more than twice the risk of developing osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers then did the same analysis with females and found that women who regularly worked 60 or more hours per week had more than three times the risk of heart disease, non-skin cancer, and diabetes, nearly three times the risk of asthma, and nearly four times the risk of arthritis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, June 2016

Diet: Barbeque Healthy Food. You can enjoy summer barbequing without derailing your healthy diet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends the following: swap beef for turkey with fresh herbs, baste and grill your favorite vegetables, and grill fruit such as pineapple slices or fruit kebobs and serve them with angel food cake or low-fat ice cream for a sweet treat.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, June 2016

Exercise: Exercise May Help Adults Better Cope with ADHD. Even a small amount of exercise can help alleviate symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among adults. In this study, researchers tested 32 young men with elevated ADHD symptoms who cycled for 20 minutes at a moderate intensity on one day and sat and rested for 20 minutes on another day. The participants were asked to perform a task requiring focus both before and after they cycled and rested on each day. The findings revealed that participants only felt motivated to do the task after exercising, and they also reported feeling less confused, less fatigued, and felt more energetic after exercising than after resting. Senior author Dr. Patrick O’Connor adds, “Exercise is already known as a stress reducer and mood booster, so it really has the potential to help those suffering with ADHD symptoms. And while prescription drugs can be used to treat these symptoms, there’s an increased risk of abuse or dependence and negative side effects. Those risks don’t exist with exercise.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, June 2016

Chiropractic: Back Pain Prevalent Among School Children. A new study investigated the prevalence of back pain among a group of 1,597 school children in Brazil. According to study, 56% of the children experienced at least one episode of back pain during the previous three months. The researchers found the following increased a child’s risk of developing back pain: parents with a history of back pain; lack of physical activity; excessive time spent watching television and/or studying in bed; poor sitting posture; and incorrect use of a backpack. Journal of Public Health (Brazil), June 2016

Wellness/Prevention: Healthy Living Reduces Cancer Risk. After reviewing twelve studies that examined the effectiveness of prevention guidelines published by the American Cancer Society and the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research, researchers report that living a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and nutritious eating can lower one’s risk of both developing cancer by up to 45% and dying from cancer by 61%. Lead researcher Dr. Lindsay Kohler writes, “Overall, we saw there is quite a reduction in getting cancer or dying from cancer if you follow [cancer-prevention] guidelines.”

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, June 2016

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