Mental Attitude: Stressed Workers May Not Benefit from Vacations.
A survey of more than 1,500 working Americans found that many people are unable to relax and enjoy their time away from the office. More specifically, when participants returned to work after time off, 68% said they were in a better mood; 66% were energized; and 27% reported feeling motivated and less stressed. Unfortunately, 40% said these feelings were gone within days and 21% never seemed to relax, saying they felt tense or stressed while on vacation.
American Psychological Association, June 2018
Health Alert: Premature Birth Linked to ADHD?
Among a group of 113,227 Norwegian children, researchers observed that those born prior to 34 weeks gestation were over 23% more likely to experience symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by age eight.
JAMA Pediatrics, June 2018
Diet: Folic Acid Supplementation in Foods May Reduce Psychosis Among Kids.
Beyond protecting against birth defects such as spina bifida, fortifying grains with folic acid may also improve fetal brain development and reduce the risk of developing psychosis. Researchers reviewed 1,400 MRI brain scans of children who were born either before or after folic acid fortification became mandatory in the United States in the late 1990s and found that those born after fortification went into effect had significantly thicker brain tissue than those born in previous years. This group also had delayed thinning of the cerebral cortex in regions linked to schizophrenia risk. Corresponding author Dr. Joshua Roffman comments, “What we and others are showing is that prenatal folic acid may also confer protection against severe mental illness in youth, which was not anticipated.”
JAMA Psychiatry, June 2018
Exercise: Improves Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients…
A review of data from 36 published studies concluded that regardless of mode (aerobic, resistance, or a combination of both), exercise is both a safe and effective method for improving quality of life in breast cancer patients.
Supportive Care in Cancer, July 2018
Chiropractic: Conservative Treatment for CTS?
Researchers reviewed data from ten published studies and concluded that after one year, patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) reported similar improvements in pain and function regardless of whether or not they underwent surgery or pursued more conservative treatment options. Conservative chiropractic care for carpal tunnel syndrome often includes manual therapies (manipulation and mobilization) combined with exercise, traditional wrist splinting, and nutritional recommendations.
Hand, July 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Stay Safe While on Vacation.
No one wants to take a trip to the hospital while they’re abroad. The Food and Drug Administration recommends the following to keep you safe when traveling: avoid spending too much time in the sun; check your medications before leaving on a trip to make sure you have enough; never pack medication in your checked luggage; if you wear contacts, always use clean hands when putting them in and bring a spare pair; avoid tattoo parlors in other countries that have different safety standards; and drink plenty of clean water and eat healthy foods.
Food and Drug Administration, June 2018