Health Alert: Secondhand Smoke Linked to Hypertension in Kids.
Examinations of 3,579 children and teens revealed that those who lived in a household in which one or more person smoked were two times more likely to have blood pressure in the hypertensive range than kids from nonsmoking homes.
Preventative Medicine, May 2020
Diet: Omega-3s May Protect Against Alcohol/Substance Abuse.
Healthy omega-3 fatty acid serum levels are associated with better cardiovascular health and cognitive function, as well as reduced inflammation. In a recent article published in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design, the authors speculate that improving omega-3 fatty acid levels during childhood and adolescence may reduce impulsivity and reward sensitivity, potentially lowering the risk for developing substance and alcohol abuse disorders.
Current Pharmaceutical Design, April 2020
Exercise: Staying Active May Aid in Afib Management.
Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) is a common heart rhythm disorder that is known to significantly increase the risk of stroke. A study involving 3,333 Afib patients revealed that participants who averaged fewer steps per day tended to experience more severe Afib-associated symptoms than those with a more active lifestyle.
Hearth Rhythm, May 2020
Chiropractic: Low Back Pain Is a Common Work Injury.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that three million non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries took place in the United States in 2018, with low back pain listed as the most common complaint. While the prevalence of low back pain was greatest among physically demanding jobs like construction work, poor ergonomics, bad working postures, and excessive vibration exposure have also been demonstrated to increase the risk for the condition.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 2020
Mental Attitude: Adults Often Delay Seeking Help for Eating Disorders.
A survey of 300 young adults revealed that many with an eating disorder put off seeking treatment due to either denial, concerns of losing control, or not understanding the severity of their condition.
International Journal of Eating Disorders, April 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Risk Factors for Sleeping Problems.
The following factors are associated with an increased risk for either insufficient or poor quality sleep: an inconsistent eating schedule, low vegetable intake, alcohol before bed, electronic device use in bed, high caffeine intake, dinner within two hours of bed time, lack of sunlight exposure in the morning, and weight gain.
Sleep Health, April 2020