Mental Attitude: Hearing Loss Linked to Stroke Risk?
An analysis of data concerning nearly 20,000 middle aged and older Chinese adults identified an association between hearing loss and an elevated risk for stroke, particularly in cases of severe hearing loss.
Atherosclerosis, March 2019
Health Alert: Post-Concussion Symptom Persistence…
Using data concerning 647 patients who had experienced a mild-traumatic brain injury (mTBI), researchers identified the following risk factors for post-concussion symptoms and disability: advancing age, female gender, previous psychiatric history, and the involvement of assault or alcohol in the head injury.
British Journal of Neurosurgery, April 2019
Diet: Reduce Sugary Drinks.
Regular sugary drink consumption has been linked to many chronic diseases and conditions. If you struggle with reducing your sugary drink intake, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services offers the following suggestions: limit sugary drinks to special occasions; choose water or low-fat milk instead; carry water with you; and make water tasty by adding lemon or mint.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, March 2019
Exercise: Find Time for a 7-Minute Workout.
If it’s difficult to find time for a workout, try this 7-minute workout created by the American College of Sports Medicine that combines cardio and resistance exercises into a single circuit training session involving jumping jacks, wall sits, push-ups, abdominal crunches, step-ups, squats, tricep dips, planks, running in place, lunges, push-ups, and side planks. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with a ten-second break before starting the next exercise. The circuit can be performed just once, or it can be repeated up to three times. Because you don’t need any equipment, it can be done just about anywhere and can provide great fitness benefits.
American College of Sports Medicine, March 2019
Chiropractic: Effects of Spinal Manipulation on Pain Sensitivity.
In a study that involved 29 patients with chronic low back pain, researchers observed that participants treated with six sessions of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) not only experienced improvements related to low back pain and disability but also in pressure point thresholds in both the lower back and lower extremities up to a week after the conclusion of care.
Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, March 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Smoking Linked to Stroke Recurrence.
Following a stroke, individuals who continue to smoke cigarettes are nearly twice as likely to experience a recurrent stroke as those who have never smoked. However, those who quit smoking can slash that risk by nearly 60%.
Journal of the American Heart Association, April 2019