Health Alert: Added Sugar and Breast Cancer Risk.
Using data from the Nurses’ Health Study I and II, researchers report that a high intake of added sugar is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, and a diet characterized by less added sugar and more servings of fruit and vegetables is linked to a lower risk for the disease.
European Journal of Nutrition, June 2021
Diet: Mediterranean Diet Benefits the Brain.
The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern focused on eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil, and whole grains while avoiding red and processed meats, dairy, saturated fats, and refined sugars. The current research notes that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk for both depression and neurodegenerative disease.
Nutrients, June 2021
Exercise: Engage in More Types of Exercise.
Past research has shown that exercise can protect against depression. An analysis of data from the 2014, 2016, and 2018 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys showed that including two or more types of exercise into one’s physical fitness routine can offer even more protection from depressive symptoms.
Scientific Reports, August 2021
Chiropractic: Exercise and Manual Therapy Benefits a Common Shoulder Problem.
For patients with shoulder impingement syndrome, new research shows that adding manual therapy to exercise therapy can lead to greater improvements in muscle function and self-reported disability. This treatment approach is often utilized by doctors of chiropractic in the management of shoulder impingement syndrome.
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, April 2021
Mental Attitude: Stressful Experiences During Childhood Can Affect the Gut.
A review of past studies suggests that stress associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can negatively affect the gut microbiota, which may explain one pathway by which ACEs can affect one’s long-term health. Examples of ACEs include abuse (physical, sexual, emotional); neglect (physical, emotional); witnessing domestic violence, substance abuse, or mental illness in the household; and the loss of a parent (separation, divorce, incarceration, death).
Behavioral Brain Research, July 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Avoiding Eczema Flare-ups.
Eczema is a group of skin conditions that causes red, itchy rashes that affects up to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children. To help prevent an eczema flare-up, WebMD recommends the following: moisturize your skin frequently, avoid sudden changes in temperature and humidity, avoid sweating or getting too hot, manage stress, avoid scratchy materials, identify and avoid foods that trigger symptoms, and use a humidifier in your house.
WebMD, July 2021