Mental Attitude: Lifestyle Changes May Help Kids with ADHD.
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often treated with medications; however, new research suggests that parents can also help their kids by promoting healthy habits. Researchers looked at 184 children with ADHD and 104 without the condition and found that those with ADHD were less likely to follow healthy behaviors recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Sleep Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture such as: limiting screen time to less than two hours a day, engaging in physical activity for at least one hour per day, limiting sugary beverage intake, obtaining nine to eleven hours of sleep a night, and drinking seven to ten cups of water daily. Study author Dr. Kathleen Holton adds, “Many parents of children diagnosed with ADHD do not want their children on medication. Having their children follow healthy lifestyle behaviors may be an effective intervention, either alongside or in the place of traditional ADHD medications.”
Journal of Attention Disorders, May 2016
Health Alert: Being Fit Cuts Stroke Risk!
After controlling for known risk factors for stroke like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and atrial fibrillation, a team of researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center reports that men and women with greater cardiorespiratory fitness levels during midlife are more than 40% less likely to experience a stroke than their sedentary peers.
Stroke, June 2016
Diet: Foods that May Protect Against Pancreatic Cancer.
Czech researchers report that the following foods appear to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer when eaten three or more times per week: cabbage, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, and carrots.
Klinika Onkologie, June 2016
Exercise: Aquatic Resistance Training Good for Knee Cartilage.
According to a new study, postmenopausal women with mild knee osteoarthritis can safely promote cartilage health and improve their aerobic fitness with intensive aquatic resistance training. Participants in the study completed one hour of intensive aquatic lower limb resistance exercises three times a week for four months. At the end of the study, researchers used a special MRI to evaluate the knee and found that high intensity aquatic resistance training was sufficient to improve collagen orientation in articular cartilage. The significance of this study is that high repetitions of low-impact aquatic resistance exercises can improve cartilage health and quality while also increasing cardiovascular fitness.
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, May 2016
Chiropractic: Back Pain & Pregnancy.
Brazilian researchers report that back pain affects about two-thirds (68%) of women either during or following a pregnancy, with the greatest risk during the second trimester. Additionally, they found symptoms often worsened at night for 71% of the women in their study, and one in four developed back pain from prolonged standing.
Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia, May 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Women Should Not Neglect Their Health.
Being a wife and/or mother can be demanding, but women need to make sure to take care of their own health as well. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the following: seeing your doctor for regular check-ups, getting plenty of exercise, eating nutritious foods, staying mentally healthy by findings ways to cope with stress, getting plenty of sleep, not smoking, using caution with prescription medications, and protecting skin from harmful UV radiation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2016