Health Alert: Asthma Linked to Heart Rhythm Disorder.
The results of a thirteen-year study involving 6,615 adults suggest that individuals with persistent asthma have a 50% elevated risk for developing atrial fibrillation, which is a common heart rhythm disorder that is known to significantly increase the risk of stroke.
Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, February 2020
Diet: An Egg a Day Is Okay.
New research concludes that there is no association between egg intake and higher blood cholesterol or associated cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiologist Dr. Guy Mintz notes, “This very large study has clearly demonstrated that people can have one egg a day without any cardiovascular consequences.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 2020
Exercise: Aerobic Exercise Training May Enhance Brain Function.
Cognitively normal but sedentary adults with either a family history or genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease who participated in a six-month aerobic exercise training program experienced improvements in brain glucose metabolism and executive function skills, both of which are associated with a reduced risk for cognitive decline.
Brain Plasticity, January 2020
Chiropractic: Post-Whiplash Headaches.
A review of findings from 44 published studies concluded that 60% of whiplash patients will experience headaches within one week of their injury and up to 38% may continue to report headaches up to one year later. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate headaches and other symptoms associated with whiplash injuries.
Pain, January 2020
Mental Attitude: Strong Support Network Is Key to Cancer Recovery for Women.
Among a group of 1,400 postmenopausal women with either colon or rectal cancer, researchers observed that having a strong social support network is associated with up to a 58% reduced risk of death from colorectal cancer.
Cancer, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Hoarse Voice?
For the most part, the causes of hoarseness—a raspy or strained voice—are not serious and usually resolve within a few weeks. The Cleveland Clinic offers these probable causes of hoarseness: a common cold or an upper respiratory infection, using your voice too much or too loudly, gastroesophageal reflux, smoking, allergies, thyroid problems, and trauma to the voice box. If symptoms fail to resolve within two weeks, consult with your family doctor.
Cleveland Clinic, January 2020