Health Alert: E-Scooters Injuries Increasing Significantly.
According to a new study, emergency room visits for injuries associated with electronic scooter, or e-scooter, use doubled between 2018 and 2019. Study co-author Dr. Eric Wagner writes, “These injuries are increasing and they aren’t benign. Many of them are fractures, many of them are head injuries, and some of the head injuries require hospital admission, which means that they’re very severe.” The findings suggest that increased regulations and safety education are needed to protect e-scooter riders in light of their growing popularity in metropolitan areas.
JAMA Network Open, August 2020
Diet: Vitamin C Important for Muscles.
Using data from the EPIC Norfolk Study concerning more than 13,000 older adults, researchers report that participants with a higher intake of vitamin C were better able to retain their skeletal muscle mass as they aged than those with a diet featuring fewer vitamin C-rich foods.
Journal of Nutrition, August 2020
Exercise: Fitness Trackers May Promote Exercise Among MS Patients.
New research suggests that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who use a fitness tracker are more likely to have relapsing-remitting MS, less disability, higher income, and higher rates of employment than those who do not use fitness trackers.
Disability & Health Journal, July 2020
Chiropractic: Extremity Manipulation Reduces Postural Sway.
In a study that included adults between 21 and 40 years of age, researchers found that the application of manipulative therapy, a form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic, to the upper and lower extremities resulted in a reduction in postural sway. Because postural sway may suggest impaired balance and an increased risk for falls, the research team recommends replicating the study with older men and women.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, August 2020
Mental Attitude: Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy.
A review of data from ten studies found that maternal prenatal tobacco use may increase the risk for bipolar and depressive disorders in their offspring by up to 44%.
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, September 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Supplement May Benefit Some Pregnancies.
For expectant mothers with low vitamin D status, a recent literature review suggests that taking a 600 IU/day vitamin D3 supplement may improve fetal development and reduce the risk for small-for-gestational-age, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and gestational diabetes.
Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology, October 2020