Mental Attitude: “Burn-Out” Now Recognized as a Medical Condition.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has added “burn-out” to its list of recognized medical diagnosis codes called the International Classification of Diseases. Burn-out is defined as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The syndrome is further characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy.
World Health Organization, May 2019
Health Alert: Dentists Prescribe Antibiotics That Are Unnecessary Most of the Time.
After reviewing nearly 170,000 dentist-written antibiotic prescriptions from 2011 to 2015, researchers concluded that 81% of scripts were unnecessary as the patients did not have a cardiac condition that warranted an antibiotic prescription as recommended by current medical guidelines. The Illinois-Chicago College of Dentistry’s Dr. Susan Rowan notes, “Dental providers are very thoughtful when they develop care plans for their patients and there are many factors that inform dentists’ recommendations, but this study shows that there is an opportunity for dentists to reevaluate if necessary.”
JAMA Network Open, May 2019
Diet: Eat More Fruits & Veggies!
An analysis of data from ten published studies concerning 33,645 participants concluded that there’s an association between increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and a reduced risk for experiencing depressive symptoms.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2019
Exercise: Interval Training Can Benefit Obese Seniors.
Among a group of 36 obese 70-year-old men and women, those who participated in a ten-week home-based bodyweight interval training program lost an average of two pounds of body fat and gained one pound of lean muscle mass.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 2019
Chiropractic: Overweight/Obese Children Have Increased Risk for Lumbar Hyperlordosis.
Examinations of 910 pre-adolescents revealed that kids who are overweight for their age are more likely to exhibit excessive curvature of the lumbar spine, which may raise their risk for future back pain. The findings are especially concerning to researchers as obesity has become more prevalent among children in recent decades.
Childhood Obesity, April 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Normal Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Levels Can Prevent “Heart Block.”
Heart block, also known as atrioventricular block, occurs when electrical signals between the chambers of the heart are disrupted. This is often felt as a skipped beat and can result in the need for a pacemaker. An analysis of data concerning more than 6,000 people, aged 30 and older, showed that every 10 millimeter increase in systolic blood pressure (top number) is associated with a 22% greater risk of heart block, and every millimeter increase in fasting blood sugar is linked to a 19% greater risk of developing the rhythm disorder. Researchers estimate that 47% of the heart block cases in the study could have been prevented with ideal blood pressure, while 11% could have been prevented with normal fasting blood sugar levels.
JAMA Network Open, May 2019