Mental Attitude: High Blood Pressure Linked to Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects over one million Americans. After reviewing data from seven studies involving over 340,000 patients, researchers report that hypertensive adults have more than a 30% increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease later in life.
Frontiers in Neurology, March 2018
Health Alert: Obesity May Cause Liver Damage By Age Eight.
A long-term study involving 635 children found that obese eight-year-olds are almost twice as likely to have elevated levels of an enzyme called ALT in their blood, which signals their liver function may be impaired. Lead author Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal writes, “With the rise in childhood obesity, we are seeing more kids with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in our pediatric weight management practice… Many parents know that obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions, but there is far less awareness that obesity, even in young children, can lead to serious liver disease.”
Journal of Pediatrics, April 2018
Diet: Red Meat Linked to Colon Cancer Risk in Women.
In this study, researchers reviewed data concerning more than 32,000 women in the United Kingdom and found that those who regularly ate red meat were more likely to develop distal colon cancer than the females in the study who did not eat red meat. Dr. Elena Ivanina, a gastroenterologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City notes, “Multiple studies have already highlighted that long-term consumption of red meat or processed meats are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, particularly for left-sided or distal tumors, and this study does uphold this.”
International Journal of Cancer, April 2018
Exercise: Yoga and Exercise Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition that causes a rapid and irregular heartbeat, which can lead to cardiovascular events like stroke and heart failure. A systemic review of studies published in over 1,800 journals concluded that both yoga and moderate physical exercise can help patients manage the symptoms associated with AF and improve their overall quality of life.
American Journal of Cardiology, February 2018
Chiropractic: Manipulative Therapy Provides Benefits to Those with COPD.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing. A recent study found that manipulative therapies can help improve functional exercise capacity in patients with COPD, potentially helping to improve the quality of life of patients with the condition.
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, March 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Rear-Facing Car Seats Protect in Rear-End Crashes.
Little research exists on child safety in rear-facing car seats in the event of a rear-end crash. In this study, Ohio State University researchers tested several rear-facing car seats in rear-end crashes and found that all of the seats were effective at supporting a child’s head, neck, and spine. Study lead author Dr. Julie Mansfield adds, “Even though the child is facing the direction of the impact, it doesn’t mean that a rear-facing car seat isn’t going to do its job…It still has lots of different features and mechanisms to absorb that crash energy and protect the child.”
SAE International, April 2018