Health Alert: Sleeping Pills Linked to Falls & Fractures in Dementia Patients.
Researchers collected data on over 27,000 dementia patients and found that those prescribed a high dosage of strong sleeping medications such as zaleplon, zolpidem, zopiclone (so-called “Z-drugs”) had an elevated risk for a stroke, serious fall, and fracture, especially hip fracture. Study author Dr. Chris Fox notes, “This research shows us that higher-dose Z-drugs should be avoided, if possible, in people living with dementia, and non-pharmacological alternatives preferentially considered.”
BMC Medicine, November 2020
Diet: Most Calories Teens Eat Come from Ultra-Processed Foods.
Dietary assessments of 5,500 adolescents revealed that nearly 66% of calories consumed by teenagers come from ultra-processed foods (such as chips, cookies, candy, soft drinks, and read-to-eat products).
American Heart Association, November 2020
Exercise: Quick Bursts of Exercise May Benefit Diabetics.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of exercise that involves short intervals of near-maximal effort such as sprinting or stair climbing, separated by intervals of moderate-intensity exercise, such as jogging or fast walking. A recent study found that type 2 diabetics may experience greater improvements in blood vessel function with HIIT than from longer duration, less intense exercise.
American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, November 2020
Chiropractic: Common Manual Therapies Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain.
The results from a recent study that included ten chronic back pain patients showed that both high-velocity, low-amplitude manipulative therapy and muscle energy technique are effective interventions for reducing pain and improving joint function. Doctors of chiropractic often use a combination of manual therapy techniques, including the two used in this study, to reduce pain and disability in patients with chronic low back pain.
South African Journal of Physiotherapy, October 2020
Mental Attitude: Depression Linked to Diabetes.
An analysis of data concerning 30,360 middle aged and older adults revealed that a diagnosis of depression may increase an individual’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes within the following seven years.
Annals of Epidemiology, December 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Physical Problems Associated with Device Use in Kids.
A survey of 569 elementary school students revealed that one in four experience physical discomfort following prolonged electronic device use with the most common complaints being headaches, neck/shoulder pain, back pain, and eye strain.
Medical Journal of Malaysia, November 2020