Health Alert: Inherited High Cholesterol May Signal Heart Trouble Earlier in Adulthood.
Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disorder that causes high cholesterol. Researchers report that individuals with this condition are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease before middle age; however, less than 10% of adults with familial hypercholesterolemia know they have it.
American Heart Association, June 2020
Diet: Calories Listed on Menus Offer Health Benefits.
Because posting calories on menus leads consumers to make healthier food choices, researchers estimate that this practice may prevent nearly 15,000 cases of cardiovascular disease in the United States within five years.
Circulation, June 2020
Exercise: Another Way Exercise Helps the Brain.
According to a new study, engaging in a twelve-week aerobic exercise program can increase cortical excitability, which can improve one’s ability to create mental imagery.
Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, June 2020
Chiropractic: Neck Problems May Contribute to Migraines/TMD in Teens.
Among a group of 314 teenagers with temporomandibular disorders (TMD), researchers observed that those with comorbid migraines were more likely to have abnormal cervical posture, trigger points in the trapezius muscles, and neck pain. The findings suggest that treatment to address cervical dysfunction may benefit adolescents with co-occurring migraines and TMD.
Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, June 2020
Mental Attitude: Gum Disease Linked to Dementia?
Researchers reviewed data from twelve studies and concluded that individuals with a history of periodontal disease have a 38% increased risk for dementia.
European Journal of Epidemiology, June 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Poor Vitamin D Status and Pre-Eclampsia.
Approximately 2-8% of pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure and other signs that a woman’s organs, such as the kidneys and liver, are not functioning properly. In a study that looked at vitamin D status of 370 new mothers, 201 of whom had pre-eclampsia, researchers observed that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy was associated with an elevated risk for both early- and late-stage pre-eclampsia.
Clinical Laboratory, June 2020