Health Alert: Websites May Contain Incorrect Info on Antidepressants.
Researchers reviewed articles from 39 informative websites from ten countries on the topic of antidepressant use and found that thirteen sites failed to note that antidepressant use may increase suicide ideation, only two reported that antidepressants can increase suicide risk, eleven did not warn patients of withdrawal effects, only five mentioned emotional numbing as a side effect of antidepressant use, and only one suggested that antidepressants can be addictive. The authors conclude, “The information was generally inaccurate and unhelpful and has potential to lead to inappropriate use and overuse of antidepressants and reduce the likelihood that people will seek better options for depression like psychotherapy.”
International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, March 2020
Diet: Inflammatory Diet During Childhood Linked to Depression.
An inflammatory dietary pattern is characterized by a high intake to meat, eggs, preserved/processed foods, and sugary drinks. A review of data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children revealed that kids with an inflammatory dietary pattern at age nine were up to 21% more likely to have depression at age eighteen.
Brain, Behavior, & Immunity Health, February 2020
Exercise: Exercise Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.
For patients with rheumatoid arthritis, engaging in a regular exercise program is generally considered safe and can improve pain, function, fatigue, and mental health.
Current Opinion in Rheumatology, March 2020
Chiropractic: Chronic Neck Pain Can Affect the Mid Back.
Examinations of 78 individuals (48 of whom had chronic neck pain) revealed an association between chronic neck pain and abnormal thoracic spinal curvature, reduce thoracic mobility, and impaired respiratory strength.
Annals of Rehabilitative Medicine, February 2020
Mental Attitude: TBI May Increase Stroke Risk Later in Life.
A review of data concerning 132 individuals treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI) between 2006 and 2010 revealed that those with more severe concussions were significantly more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke in the following decade.
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, February 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Deficiency and Poor Pregnancy Outcomes.
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is associated with an elevated risk for preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, and preterm birth.
Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, March 2020