Mental Attitude: Connected Teens Become Healthier Young Adults?
New research suggests that teens with higher levels of connectedness—such as feeling engaged, supported, and cared for at home and school—are significantly less likely to have mental health issues, experience violence, take sexual risks, and engage in substance abuse in their 20s.
Pediatrics, June 2019
Health Alert: Where Body Fat Collects Hints at Future Heart Troubles.
An analysis of data concerning nearly 162,000 postmenopausal women found that women whose body fat collects in their mid-section have nearly twice the risk for heart disease or stroke as women whose body fat is mostly stored in their legs. Study author Dr. Qibin Qi writes, “Our findings suggest that postmenopausal women, despite having normal weight, could have a varying risk of cardiovascular disease because of different fat distributions around either their middle or their legs.”
European Heart Journal, July 2019
Diet: Kids Prefer Foods They Help Cook.
Children who helped prepare snacks featuring foods they had previously identified as “yucky” were more likely to rate such foods as “okay” or “yummy” than kids who did not assist in the kitchen.
Appetite, July 2019
Exercise: Exercise Reduces Pain in Diabetics.
In this study, type 2 diabetics with limb pain experienced improvements in both the number of painful body sites and pain intensity after participating in a twelve-week exercise program. The findings are important as diabetics are nearly 25% more likely to report limb pain than non-diabetics.
Diabetic Research and Clinical Practice, July 2019
Chiropractic: Manual Therapy May Be Best Choice for Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain. In a recent study involving 63 plantar fasciitis patients, researchers observed that participants treated with the combination of custom foot orthotics and manual therapy experienced greater improvements in pain and function than the patients who only received one of the treatment options. Doctors of chiropractic are known to use both approaches when treating patients with plantar fasciitis.
Sports, May 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Protect Your Eyes from Ultraviolet Rays.
Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can contribute to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. The Mayo Clinic suggests that you choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays, screen out 75% to 90% of visible light, have lenses that are perfectly matched in color, and do not have distortions or imperfections in the lenses.
Mayo Clinic, July 2019