Mental Attitude: ‘Mindfulness’ May Help Some Manage Their Chronic Pain.
Mindfulness is described as the ability to be fully present, aware of where you are, and calm about what’s going on around you. A review of data from twenty published studies involving over 2,000 patients with chronic pain found that engaging in a yoga or meditation training program that involved mindfulness is an effective method for managing stress and other problems associated with chronic pain, especially when combined with additional treatment strategies.
Evidence Based Mental Health, January 2019
Health Alert: Resting Heart Rate Change May Signal Type 2 Diabetes…
New research indicates that changes in resting heart rate over several years may signal an elevated risk for type 2 diabetes. In this study, researchers monitored the resting heart rate of 12,155 adults six years apart and found that participants who experienced a ten beat increase in resting heart rate had a 90% increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
NMCD, December 2018
Diet: Breakfast May Not Be Important for Weight Loss.
For years, we have been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day to help maintain a healthy weight, but a new paper suggests otherwise. Investigators looked at thirteen randomized controlled trials and found that people who ate breakfast ended up eating about 260 additional calories per day, while those who skipped breakfast were about one pound lighter.
BMJ, January 2019
Exercise: Kids Should Be Active Every Day.
An analysis of data concerning 5,779 pre-adolescent children from twelve countries suggests that staying active throughout the week is important for reducing a child’s obesity risk. In particular, the study found that kids who generally don’t exercise are almost five times more likely to be obese, while children who are mostly sedentary during either the week or weekend have double the risk for childhood obesity.
International Journal of Obesity, January 2019
Chiropractic: What Onset Is Associated with Cervical Radiculopathy?
Cervical radiculopathy is a condition characterized by pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck that goes down one or both arms. Questionnaires completed by 122 cervical radiculopathy patients found that one third recalled their symptoms started following a specific physical activity or trauma while the remainder said their cervical radiculopathy began without an inciting event. This study illustrates the reality that in most cases, patients cannot isolate a specific cause for their presenting complaint. Often, the cause is cumulative in nature, making the determination of causation difficult to impossible. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to assess and treat patients that present with radiating arm pain, regardless of causation.
PM & R, January 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Why Am I Bloated?
Many people suffer from abdominal bloating, which feels like an inflated balloon in the abdomen. The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders notes these common triggers for bloating: too much gas in the intestine; abnormally high amounts of bacteria in the small intestine; imbalance of microorganisms that live in the bowel, which could be the result of taking antibiotics; food intolerance; and increased curvature of the lumbar region of the spine, which decreases the capacity of the abdomen to hold gas.
International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, January 2019