Health Alert: Sleep Apnea Linked to Fatty Liver Disease.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition that occurs when fat accumulates in the liver from causes other than excessive alcohol consumption. An analysis of data concerning 33,045 adults revealed that individuals with obstructive sleep apnea have a 78% increased risk for NAFLD.
BMC Gastroenterology, February 2020
Diet: Americans Throw Away a Lot of Food.
According to a study that looked at the food purchasing and consumption behavior of nearly 4,000 families in the United States, about a third of food is thrown out at a cost of $1,866 each year per household. Study author Dr. Edward Jaenicke writes, “Our findings are consistent with previous studies, which have shown that 30% to 40% of the total food supply in the United States goes uneaten—and that means that resources used to produce the uneaten food, including land, energy, water and labor, are wasted as well.”
American Journal of Agricultural Economics, January 2020
Exercise: Exercise Could Boost Video Game Performance.
While it’s generally believed that playing video games and exercise are antagonistic activities, new research suggests that gamers who engage in 15 minutes of intense cardiovascular activity prior to a gaming session perform better than their peers who typically refrain from exercise.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, January 2020
Chiropractic: Spinal Pain Is Very Common.
A survey of 5,397 middle-aged adults revealed that 54% had experienced an episode of low back pain in the previous twelve months, while 23.6% had mid-back pain and 29.1% had neck pain in the same time frame.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, February 2020
Mental Attitude: Many Teens Dislike High School.
Questionnaires completed by nearly 22,000 high schoolers across the United States revealed that 75% routinely experience boredom, anger, sadness, fear, and/or stress while at school.
Journal of Learning and Instruction, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: How to Deal with a Flea Infestation.
To prevent, reduce, or eliminate a flea infestation, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following: check carpets, cushioned furniture, and cracks and crevices daily; steam clean carpets regularly and pay extra attention to areas where pets sleep; wash all pet bedding and family bedding every two weeks; use a flea comb on your pet to expose adult fleas; and keep your pets indoors as much as possible.
Environmental Protection Agency, January 2020