Mental Attitude: Group Sessions?
A study of 509 British youths found the incidence of mental health issues was reduced over the following 24 months after just two 90-minute group therapy sessions. Researchers noted a 21-26% reduction in severe depression, anxiety, and conduct problem symptoms. A similar program is now being implemented in 32 Canadian high schools.
National Association of School Psychologists, October 2013
Health Alert: Antibiotics Prescriptions!
New research finds high rates of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for sore throats and bronchitis across the United States (US). This is despite the fact that for decades the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations have pushed to reduce the inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics. Antibiotics are a class of drugs used to treat, and in some cases prevent, infections caused by bacteria. They don’t work against viruses, and in fact, taking antibiotics for viral infections can do more harm than good. While only 10% of adults with a sore throat have strep (the only common cause of sore throat that warrants antibiotics), the national prescribing rate of antibiotics for American adults with a sore throat remains at 60%. For acute bronchitis, the rate for antibiotic prescriptions should be near 0%, yet the national average is 73%.
JAMA, October 2013
Diet: Calcium Confusion.
With new research claiming that calcium supplements can cause adverse effects like indigestion, constipation, and even cardiovascular issues, researchers stress the importance of including calcium-rich foods in the diet. Because calcium helps maintain healthy bones, this information is particularly important for post-menopausal women over 50 years old and men over 70 years old.
University of California at San Francisco, October 2013
Exercise: Good Cholesterol and Exercise Work Together.
Just having normal levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, also known as “good cholesterol”) may not be enough if you don’t regularly exercise. Not only is the combination more beneficial to the heart but exercise appears to help HDL perform other duties in the body such as reducing inflammation and acting as an antioxidant.
American Physiological Society, October 2013
Chiropractic: Lack of Motion and the Nervous System.
The negative effects of immobilization (lack of proper motion) begin as soon as four hours after injury! The direct effects of deconditioning on the nervous system include decreased proprioception (ultimately affecting balance and joint coordination) and a decrease in central neuromotor control of movement and posture.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1992
Wellness/Prevention: Citrus for the Kidneys!
Regular consumption of naringenin, a component found in grapefruit and other citrus fruits, may successfully block the development of kidney cysts.
British Journal of Pharmacology, October 2013