DAILY HEALTH UPDATE

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 Courtesy of: Back Pain Relief Center of Vineland

Mental Attitude: Time Disorientation May Indicate Later Dementia Diagnosis. French researchers questioned over 8,000 seniors regarding the date, day of week, month, season, and year and found those who made one error were 44% more likely to develop dementia over the following decade. Additionally, those who made two errors were three-times more likely to develop dementia over the same time period. This finding suggests time disorientation may be a useful early indicator for identifying which older adults may develop serious cognitive impairments. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, July 2016

Health Alert: The Great Smog and Childhood Asthma Risk! The Great Smog was a severe air-pollution event that centered on London from December 5, 1952 to December 9, 1952. Subsequent research has found the Great Smog may have resulted in up to 40,000 early deaths. In this study, researchers reviewed the health data of men and women who were children at the time of the Great Smog to determine if exposure impacted their risk for developing childhood asthma. They found those who were under one year old at the time were 19.87% more likely to develop asthma than those living outside of London, and those who were children had nearly a 10% greater risk for childhood asthma. Additionally, those in utero during the Great Smog were 7.91% more likely to be diagnosed with childhood asthma than those in utero at the same time but whose mothers lived in other parts of the United Kingdom. The findings show even brief periods of exposure to heavy pollution may have large ongoing effects on children.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, July 2016

Diet: Snacking May Be Sign of Poor Diet in Adolescents. Teens who consume more than two energy-dense snack foods per day are more likely to consume more calories and fast food and fewer servings of fruits and vegetables than those who snack less often. Journal of Nutrition, July 2016

Exercise: Exercise May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk. The results of two new studies indicate that lack of exercise may increase a woman’s risk for both developing ovarian cancer and dying from the disease. The first study analyzed data on over 8,300 patients with ovarian cancer and more than 12,600 patients without ovarian cancer. The results revealed that those who hadn’t done any routine recreational physical activity during their lives were 34% more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who reported exercising regularly. The second study included more than 6,800 ovarian cancer patients and found that women who were inactive in the years before the diagnosis were 22% to 34% more likely to die of the disease than those who had performed at least some regular weekly exercise. Dr. Kirsten Moysich, the senior author of both studies writes, “Our findings suggest that any amount of regular, weekly recreational physical activity may reduce the risk for and improve survival from ovarian cancer, while a lack of regular exercise throughout adulthood is associated with an increased risk of developing and dying from ovarian cancer.”

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, June 2016

Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Problems Common Among Musicians. A survey of 101 professional musicians investigating playing-related musculoskeletal problems (PRMPs) revealed that the lifetime prevalence of PRMPs among those polled was 77.2%. Of those in the PRMP group, 43% reported having pain in three or more body locations, most commonly in the right upper limb, neck, left forearm, and elbow. Medical Problems of Performing Arts, June 2016

Wellness/Prevention: Managing Scalp Psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis is a common skin condition that makes raised, reddish, often scaly patches. It can develop as a single patch or several, and it can even affect the entire scalp. If you suffer from scalp psoriasis, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following to help bring it under control: avoid scratching your scalp, treat the psoriasis to minimize the itching, be gentle when shampooing your hair, gently remove scales from the scalp, talk to your dermatologist about a skin softener, and find healthy ways to manage stress. American Academy of Dermatology, June 2016

Quote: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” ~ Mark Twain

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