Mental Attitude: Sunshine During Pregnancy Important for Child’s Learning?
Vitamin D is produced in the body as a result of exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. An analysis of data concerning over 422,000 mother-child pairs in Scotland revealed that kids born to women with lower levels of exposure to UVB rays during pregnancy were more likely to have a learning disability later in life. Lead author Dr. Jill Pell notes, “Learning disabilities can have profound life-long effects on both the affected child and their family. The importance of our study is that it suggests a possible way to prevent learning disabilities in some children.”
Scientific Reports, June 2019
Health Alert: Many Doctors and Nurses Not Aware That Diabetes Raises Risk for CTS and Frozen Shoulder.
Type 2 diabetics have an increased risk for limited joint mobility (LJM) disorders of the upper extremities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Surveys completed by 245 nurse practitioners and 390 general practitioners revealed that more than half were unaware that LJM is a complication associated with diabetes mellitus.
BMC Family Practice, July 2019
Diet: A Specific Probiotic Supplement May Boost Obese People’s Health.
In a study involving 32 overweight or obese volunteers, participants who took a probiotic supplement for three months that contained the bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila lost an average of five lbs. (~2.26 kg) and experienced improved cholesterol readings.
Nature Medicine, June 2019
Exercise: Fitness Linked to Pain Sensitivity.
Among a group of 1,036 adolescents, researchers observed that teens who scored lower on physical fitness assessments were more sensitive to pain than their peers with higher fitness scores.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, July 2019
Chiropractic: Nearly Half of Teens Have Musculoskeletal Pain.
Surveys completed by 1,021 teenagers revealed that 46.1% had pain in one or more body sites. The data show that teens with musculoskeletal pain in at least one body site had lower quality of life scores and lower sleep quality than their pain-free peers. Additionally, participants with pain in multiple sites reported lower quality of life and sleep quality scores than those with pain in only one area.
BMC Pediatrics, June 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Taming Bad Breath.
The American Dental Association notes that individuals can reduce their risk for bad breath by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using a toothbrush or scraper to clean your tongue, using mouthwash when needed, keeping saliva flowing with chewy foods, cleaning dentures regularly, not smoking, and making regular dental visits.
American Dental Association, July 2019