Health Alert: Many Parents Not Following Safe-Sleep Advice for Their Babies.
A survey of moms across the United States revealed that many parents fail to follow all four of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s recommendations to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): place infants to sleep on their back; sleep in the same room but don’t share the same bed; avoid soft objects or bedding; and use a firm sleep surface.
Pediatrics, October 2019
Diet: Vitamin D May Improve Muscle Function in Seniors.
Maintaining skeletal muscle function is vital for promoting independence, mobility, and quality of life among seniors. An analysis of data from 4,157 community-dwelling adults aged 60 years and over revealed that older adults with deficient vitamin D levels were significantly more likely to have impaired muscle function. Study author Dr. Niamh Aspell writes, “Overall our findings add weight to the evidence in favor of public health strategies to eliminate vitamin D deficiency in older populations. Future research, however, should identify and focus on older adults with vitamin D deficiency and aim to better understand if reversing this deficiency improves skeletal muscle function.”
Clinical Interventions in Ageing, October 2019
Exercise: Gentle Exercise Improves Outcomes in Older Patients.
Elderly adults who engaged in a home-based fitness program featuring stretches, light weights, and low-impact cardio reported an increased capacity to complete everyday life tasks and activities.
Innovation in Aging, October 2019
Chiropractic: Mobilization Provides Benefits to Knee Osteoarthritis Patients.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the most common causes of disability among older adults. A study involving 40 patients with knee osteoarthritis revealed that those treated with mobilization therapy, a form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic, experienced knee-related improvements with respect to pain, function, strength, and range of motion.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, October 2019
Mental Attitude: Dealing with Job Burnout.
If you experience high levels of physical or emotional exhaustion at work that reduce your sense of accomplishment and personal identity, then you may be suffering from job burnout. To manage job burnout, the Mayo Clinic recommends the following: work with your supervisor to change expectations; seek support from co-workers, friends, or loved ones; try a relaxing activity that can help with stress; exercise to take your mind off of work; and get some sleep to restore well-being and protect your health.
Mayo Clinic, October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Supplement May Increase Cancer Survivability.
The results of an analysis of data concerning 81,362 adults from ten clinical trials suggest that cancer patients who take a vitamin D supplement may have up to a 13% reduced risk for cancer-related mortality.
Bioscience Reports, October 2019