Health Alert: Are Migraines and Asthma Linked?
Using a decade of data from a national database, South Korean researchers report that there appears to be a bidirectional relationship between migraines and asthma with migraineurs having a 37% increased risk for asthma and asthmatics having a 47% elevated risk for migraines. Further research is needed to understand the link/s between migraines and asthma.
Scientific Reports, December 2019
Diet: Eating During a Ten-Hour Window Improves Health of Those with Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions—obesity, high blood pressure, problematic cholesterol, impaired metabolic function, and excessive waist circumference—that occur together and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. In a new study involving 19 individuals with metabolic syndrome, researchers observed that when participants restricted their eating to a ten-hour window every day for twelve weeks, they reduced their calorie intake by nearly 9%, lost an average of 3% of their body weight, and reported more restful sleep. Their blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels also improved.
Cell Metabolism, December 2019
Exercise: Which Exercise Is Best for Bone Health in Obese Older Adults?
Weight loss among obese seniors can lead to bone loss and an increased risk of fracture. In a new study that included 160 obese older adults, researchers found that resistance training or combined resistance and aerobic training were both effective in reducing weight loss-induced decreases in bone density, while aerobic training alone was deemed ineffective in this regard.
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, December 2019
Chiropractic: Chronic Neck Pain Linked to Lower Neck Strength.
A review of findings from fifteen published studies concluded that patients with chronic neck pain have reduced strength in the muscles used for flexion, extension, and lateral flexion of the neck in comparison to individuals without a history of neck pain. Doctors of chiropractic often incorporate specific exercises to strengthen the muscles in the neck, shoulder, and upper back of patients with chronic neck pain to decrease pain, improve function, and reduce the risk for recurrence.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, November 2019
Mental Attitude: Domestic Abuse Can Lead to a Lifetime of Poor Health.
An examination of the medical records of over 92,000 women revealed that survivors of domestic abuse are two-times more likely to have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) than females with no history of domestic abuse. Study author Dr. Joht Singh Chandan writes, “Domestic abuse is a global public health issue, with as many as 1 in 3 women affected worldwide… We hope these first of their kind research findings will change healthcare practice and will be of assistance in the early diagnosis of fibromyalgia and CFS in women who have been abused.”
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, December 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Writing Can Help You Deal with Stress.
Noting that past studies have shown that writing down your thoughts and feeling about difficult situations can improve your mood, reduce your risk for becoming ill, and increase your productivity, the American Psychological Association recommends keeping a diary or a journal.
American Psychological Association, December 2019