Mental Attitude: Acne Can Be Emotionally Devastating.
New research suggests that acne can throw some people into deep depression. An analysis of data concerning nearly two million patients found that those with acne had more than a 50% increased risk for developing clinical depression.
British Journal of Dermatology, February 2018
Health Alert: Is Noise a Risk Factor for Heart Disease?
Everyday loud noises from traffic, construction, and raucous workplaces may increase one’s risk for heart disease. A review of data from past studies found that both people and animals exposed to frequent, loud noises had a greater risk for heart failure, irregular heart rhythms, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Though the study does not prove cause and effect, the authors believe that noise pollution should be considered a risk factor for heart disease.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, February 2018
Diet: A Compound in Kiwi May Prevent Fatty Liver Disease.
Past studies have shown that the children of mothers who eat a high-fat diet while pregnant have an elevated risk for obesity or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In a new animal study, researchers have discovered that a compound called pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) found in kiwi, celery, and papaya can prevent the progression of NAFLD in mice whose mothers consumed a high-fat diet during their gestation. The findings suggest that PQQ could be a feasible candidate for the prevention of NAFLD either by diet or supplementation.
Hepatology Communications, January 2018
Exercise: Setting Milestones for Exercise Motivation.
Because the drive to get in shape can wane over time, the American College of Sports Medicine offers the following recommendations to help you stay motivated: set specific goals; develop a realistic action plan; use environmental cues, such as placing a gym bag by the door or setting reminders on your phone; have fun; make exercise convenient; record your progress; build a support network with friends or family who can work out with you; reward yourself with flowers, a movie, or new exercise clothes; and believe in yourself.
American College of Sports Medicine, February 2018
Chiropractic: Poor Balance Linked to Back Pain.
A recent research review found that chronic low back pain can impair an individual’s standing balance. The authors of the review conclude, “Results from balance assessments should be used to indicate areas of improvement and help guide the course of treatment…”
Disability and Rehabilitation, January 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Keeping Drivers with Dementia Off the Road.
In this study, researchers analyzed data concerning nearly 137,000 older drivers in the United States who had been hospitalized after a crash and found that those in states with in-person license renewal laws were about 38% less likely to have dementia. Study co-author Dr. Steven Albert writes, “The results of our study point to age-based licensing requirements as an effective way to improve safety.”
Neurology, January 2018