Health Alert: Fewer People Are Having a Second Heart Attack.
New research shows that a heart attack sufferer’s risk for a recurrent heart attack within the following year declined by approximately 20% between 2008 and 2017. Study author Dr. Sanne Peters notes, “Improvements in the emergency treatment of heart attacks and better treatment options for people who survive a heart attack may explain the overall decline.”
Circulation, September 2020
Diet: Is There a Way to Prevent Celiac Disease in Children?
The results of the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) Study suggest that introducing gluten into a child’s diet at four months of age may mitigate their risk for celiac disease. Lead author Dr. Gideon Lack writes, “This is the first study that provides evidence that early introduction of significant amounts of wheat into a baby’s diet before six months of age may prevent the development of celiac disease. This strategy may also have implications for other autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes.”
JAMA Pediatrics, September 2020
Exercise: Sports Good for the Brain.
In a recent experiment, researchers observed that engaging in physical activity resulted in improved performance on memory assessments.
Scientific Reports, September 2020
Chiropractic: TMD Linked to Migraine Risk.
Researchers reviewed data on 514,866 participants from a national health screening cohort and identified an association between migraines and temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The finding adds to a growing body of research suggesting that musculoskeletal disorders may be either a cause or contributing factor for migraines and addressing such issues—with chiropractic care, for example—may be necessary to achieve a successful treatment outcome.
Diagnostics, September 2020
Mental Attitude: Low Vitamin D Status and Delirium.
Delirium, or sudden onset of severe confusion, is common among older adults following hospitalization. A study involving 351,320 seniors identified an association between vitamin D deficiency and at least one episode of delirium over the following 14 years. The researchers conclude, “Because low vitamin D levels are simple to detect and inexpensive and safe to correct, an intervention trial to confirm these results is urgently needed.”
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, October 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Belly Fat Poses a Health Danger.
A review of 72 studies that included more than 2.5 million patients from around the world found that for every four inches (about ten centimeters) of additional waist circumference, an individual’s risk for early death rose by 11%.
BMJ, September 2020