Health Alert: Metabolic Syndrome May Raise Odds of Recurring Blood Clots.
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. An analysis of data concerning over 151,000 deep vein thrombosis (DVT) patients revealed that those with metabolic syndrome had a 37% increased risk for additional clots.
Blood Advances, January 2020
Diet: Green Tea May Benefit the Heart.
An analysis of data concerning more than 100,000 middle aged and older adults in China suggests that drinking green tea at least three times a week is associated with a reduced risk for heart attack or stroke over the next seven years. Researcher Dr. Whitney Linsenmeyer notes, “Green tea is calorie-free and antioxidant-rich… It’s a healthy beverage to include in your diet if you like the taste.”
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, January 2020
Exercise: Judo May Help Children with Autism.
Among a group of 14 children and teens with autism spectrum disorder, researchers observed that engaging in a 45-minute judo lesson once a week for eight weeks led to improvements in the participants’ comfort with social interactions and physical contact.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, December 2019
Chiropractic: Effects of Spinal Manipulation.
Getting adjusted may improve the reflexes. In a recent study, researchers applied spinal manipulative therapy to the cervical and upper thoracic spine of eleven healthy volunteers, and using electromyography, they detected improved muscle reflex responses in all the neck muscles, most back muscles, and some extremity muscles.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, December 2019
Mental Attitude: Teens Who Self-Harm at Greater Risk for Early Death.
A recent study that monitored the status of 9,173 children and teens who had presented to the emergency room after nonfatal self-harm revealed this group has a significantly higher risk for suicide, accidental death, or death from other causes over the following two years than the general pediatric population. Based on the finding, the study’s authors conclude, “A clear need exists to identify preventive interventions that might reduce risk of self-harm in children and adolescents, repetition of the behavior, and premature death due to suicide and other preventable causes in the self-harm population.”
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Brush Hair with Care.
National Women’s Health Resource Center notes that incorrectly brushing your hair can result in strand damage, which can lead to splits and tangles. The organization recommends the following tips to properly brush your hair: find a brush that is right for your hair type, brush your hair gently each day, brush your hair down from the scalp, use different brushes for wet and dry hair, and detangle your hair when wet before brushing.
National Women’s Health Resource Center, January 2020