Health Alert: Smog Could Be Bad for Bones.
In a study involving 3,700 adults living in various parts of India, researchers found that participants who lived in areas with higher fine particulate matter air pollution tended to have lower bone mass. Researcher Dr. Otavio Ranzani writes, “This study contributes to the limited and inconclusive literature on air pollution and bone health… Inhalation of polluting particles could lead to bone mass loss through the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by air pollution.”
JAMA Network Open, January 2020
Diet: A Strategy to Promote Healthier Eating in Kids.
Watching cooking shows may be the key ingredient to getting children to eat healthier foods. In this study, researchers asked 125 10- to 12-year-olds to watch a public television cooking program designed for children and then provided snacks after the viewing. The research team observed that kids who watched a cooking show featuring healthy food were 2.7 times more likely to choose a healthy snack than those who watched a cooking show featuring unhealthy food.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, January 2020
Exercise: Training for a Marathon Can Turn Back Aging Clock.
Among a group of 138 first-time marathon runners, researchers observed that after six months of training, participants experienced a 3- to 4-point drop in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as a 9% improvement in aortic function. The research team estimates that training for a marathon reversed the effects of aging on the cardiovascular system by about four years.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, January 2020
Chiropractic: Cervical Spinal Manipulation Benefits TMD.
Past research has shown that patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) often have cervical complaints, suggesting that the conditions may be connected. In this study, 50 TMD patients received either cervical spinal manipulation or a sham manipulation once a week for four weeks. The researchers observed that the participants in the cervical spinal manipulation group exhibited improved jaw function, while those in the sham treatment group reported no improvement.
Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, January 2020
Mental Attitude: Alzheimer’s Research May Head in New Direction.
The results of a recent experiment in which researchers reviewed positron emission tomography (PET) scans of the brains of 32 early Alzheimer’s diseases patients suggest that brain regions with greater tau protein build-up are more likely to atrophy over the course of two years than areas of the brain with fewer tau proteins.
Science Translational Medicine, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Play It Safe with Household Chemicals.
Common household items such as paint and cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals. The Cleveland Clinic recommends the following safety tips: wear an apron, gloves, and goggles when working with oven cleaners; ensure that the area you’re using chemicals in is well ventilated; wear latex dishwashing gloves when using antibacterial cleaners; wash your hands immediately if you get chemicals on your skin; and opt for non-toxic cleaners, if possible.
Cleveland Clinic, January 2020