Mental Attitude: Sleep Duration May Affect Stroke Risk in Men.
After reviewing data concerning approximately 17,000 American adults, researchers report that men who sleep nine or more hours per night have a 70% greater risk for stroke than average sleepers.
Neurology, October 2018
Health Alert: Dementia and Diabetes Are a Deadly Combo.
An analysis of data regarding nearly 20,000 seniors with either type 1 or 2 diabetes revealed that older adults with both diabetes and dementia had a 67% elevated risk for death following dangerously low blood sugar than those with only diabetes. Dr. James Pickett, the head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society notes, “Very low blood sugar levels are clearly dangerous to anyone with diabetes, and this suggests the effects might be even more extreme in people with dementia.”
European Association for the Study of Diabetes, October 2018
Diet: Mediterranean Diet May Help Your Vision.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, such as the Mediterranean-style diet, may significantly reduce your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In this study, researchers analyzed data on over 5,000 people, aged 55 and older, and found that those who closely followed a Mediterranean style diet had a 41% lower risk for developing late-stage AMD than participants who did not follow such a diet. American Academy of Ophthalmology spokesperson Dr. Emily Chew adds, “Chronic diseases, such as AMD, dementia, obesity and diabetes, all have roots in poor dietary habits. It’s time to take quitting a poor diet as seriously as quitting smoking.”
Ophthalmology, September 2018
Exercise: Exercise Helps Kids with ADHD.
A review of data from 18 published studies found moderate-to-high-quality evidence that engaging in an exercise program improved attention and social behavior in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, September 2018
Chiropractic: Chiropractic Care Improves Health-Related Quality of Life.
Assessments completed by 2,024 neck pain and back pain patients at 125 chiropractic clinics throughout the United States revealed that overall, chiropractic treatment results in significant quality of life improvements with respect to physical functioning, pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and social health.
Spine, October 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Dealing with Poison Ivy.
If you touch or even get near poison ivy, you can develop an itchy, blistering rash within 72 hours. Though the rash usually goes away after a short time, some people can have serious reactions that require a trip to the doctor. To help manage a poison ivy rash, the American Academy of Dermatology offers these suggestions: wash anything that may have come in contact with the oil; avoid scratching, which can trigger an infection; take lukewarm soapy baths to ease itching; apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to the rash; and take an antihistamine if recommended by your physician.
American Academy of Dermatology, September 2018