Mental Attitude: Green Space May Help Students’ Academic Performance.
Students in high school who can gaze upon a green landscape from their classroom are better able to both cope with stress and focus on their studies than students in a windowless room or a room without a green view. The research team behind this finding hopes it will lead to policy changes in areas such as school design and recess.
Landscape and Urban Planning, April 2016
Health Alert: Asthma Increases the Risk of Abdominal Aneurysm.
Individuals age 50 and older who have had recent asthma-related health issues appear to be at an elevated risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weak spot in the body’s main artery, which can rupture, causing massive bleeding. It’s speculated that a specific inflammation-related protein called IgE, which the body makes in response to allergens, contributes to the stiffening of arteries, and this stiffening can lead to a possible aneurysm. Due to the fact that an abdominal aortic aneurysm can rupture and be deadly, the researchers behind this finding recommend screening men 50 and older with asthma for aneurysms.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, February 2016
Diet: Prenatal Diet with Increased Vitamin D May Reduce Allergy Risk in Kids.
According to a new report, children born to women who ate vitamin D-rich foods during pregnancy have a 20% lower risk of hay fever. Dietary sources of vitamin D include fish, eggs, dairy products, mushrooms, and cereals. Vitamin D is believed to benefit the immune system, and researchers are interested in its potential role in reducing the risk of asthma and allergies. Study leader Dr. Supinda Bunyavanich comments, “This study may influence nutritional counseling and recommendations to expectant moms to include vitamin D-rich foods in their diets.”
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, February 2016
Exercise: Lifelong Physical Activity Increases Bone Density Among Men.
A University of Missouri researcher has found that men who continuously participated in high-impact activities during adolescence and young adulthood had greater hip and lumbar spine bone density than those who did not perform high impact activities in their younger years. Dr. Pamela Hinton writes, “The most important take-away is that if you are healthy, it is never too late to begin high-impact activities or resistance training to improve bone mineral density… While activity during skeletal growth is significant, we also saw positive associations between such physical activity and bone density at all ages. So even middle-aged men who spent their teenage years sitting on the couch could see benefits from beginning a bone-strengthening exercise program.”
American Journal of Men’s Health, November 2015
Chiropractic: The UK Is Onboard with Chiropractic.
Researchers from the United Kingdom (UK) have concluded that chiropractic services are appropriate for private and government healthcare-referred patient groups and that chiropractic services should be considered when medical physicians make decisions concerning the referral of patients with musculoskeletal conditions. The conclusion was based on subjective outcomes concerning 8,222 patients, which revealed improvement in low back and neck pain during the course of chiropractic care.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, January 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Is Ulcerative Colitis Treatable with Vinegar?
A study involving mice suggests that vinegar—or its main ingredient, acetic acid—may alleviate ulcerative colitis. This condition is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract that can cause abdominal pain and other symptoms. In the study, researchers found that vinegar reduced inflammation in the colon by suppressing proteins and molecular processes that trigger inflammation. They also found acetic acid exposure resulted in an increase in beneficial bacteria in the gut. The findings may lead to a simple way of treating ulcerative colitis in the future.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, January 2016