Mental Attitude: Vision Loss Linked to Dementia.
The results of a twelve-year study suggest that for seniors with a history of depression, loss of visual function (especially near sight) is associated with an elevated risk for dementia over the following four years.
European Journal of Epidemiology, January 2019
Health Alert: Gestational Diabetes and Vitamin D.
According to a new study, women with poor vitamin D status during their second trimester may have up to a 74% increased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus.
Gynecological Endocrinology, January 2019
Diet: When Calorie Content Is Included…
Seeing pictures of food with calorie information appears to change the way the brain responds to food. In this study, researchers recruited 42 undergraduate students to view food images with and without calorie information and then asked them to rate their desire to eat the food while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner (fMRI). The research team observed that when presented with data on a food’s nutritional value, participants found the item less appetizing and they had a corresponding reduction of activity in the areas of the brain associated with satiety, desire, and inhibition.
PLOS ONE, December 2018
Exercise: Less Screen Time, Move More!
Surveys completed by nearly 25,000 middle schoolers revealed that those who spent more time engaged in physical activity and less time interacting with electronic devices scored higher on quality of life assessments than kids who spent more time with screens and less time moving their bodies.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, January 2019
Chiropractic: Spinal Degeneration Linked to Jaw Disorders.
In a study that involved 120 patients with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), researchers found that participants with neck pain exhibited a higher number of active trigger points in the masticatory and cervical muscles, greater forward head posture, and more severe degenerative changes in the cervical spine than TMD patients without neck pain. The findings reveal the role of cervical spine health and posture in relation to TMD. Doctors of chiropractic are well versed in the treatment of the cervical degeneration, posture, trigger points, and jaw disorders.
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, December 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Dyslipidemia.
While the underlying mechanisms are not yet understood, the current evidence suggests a link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Internal Medicine (Czech), November 2018