Health Alert: Air Pollution Increases Kidney Disease Risk.
Past research has shown that air pollution can increase one’s risk for heart and lung disease. Now, an analysis of data concerning over 47,000 adults suggests that increased exposure to fine particulate matter is also associated with an elevated risk for chronic kidney disease.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, December 2020
Diet: Junk Food Could Be Causing Your Teen’s Sleep Problems.
The World Health Organization reports that teens who consume three or more soft drinks a day or eat fast food four or more times a week are up to 55% more likely to have disturbed sleep than their peers who consume one or fewer soft drinks a day or fast food no more than once a week, respectively.
World Health Organization, December 2020
Exercise: Seniors Should Get Fit Before Surgery.
The result of a recent experiment suggests that lifting weights in the week preceding a surgical procedure can offset the amount of muscle loss that is often observed in older adults following a week of post-surgical bed rest.
Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, December 2020
Chiropractic: Ergonomic Intervention Helps Curb Musculoskeletal Pain.
Prolonged exposure to awkward positions is known to increase an office worker’s risk for musculoskeletal pain. A recent study found that office employees experienced a reduction in pain intensity in the neck, shoulders, upper back, and hand/wrist following an ergonomic assessment to identify and correct workstation configurations known to place unnecessary stress on the body (desk too high/low, monitor not directly in front of user, monitor too high/low, chair too high/low, etc.).
Industrial Health, November 2020
Mental Attitude: Nearly 1 in 3 Teens May Have Internet Addiction.
Questionnaires completed by over 27,000 teenagers revealed that 29% exhibit behaviors and symptoms suggesting addiction to the Internet. These individuals were also more likely to engage in other unhealthy lifestyle behaviors such has inadequate fruit and vegetable intake, lack of exercise, frequent consumption of sugary drinks and processed foods, and alcohol and e-cigarette use.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, December 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Tips to Stay Healthy at Work.
Experts at WebMD offer the following tips to stay healthy in the workplace: avoid unhealthy snacks that your co-workers leave in the break room, drink eight to ten glasses of water a day, try to implement more physical activity at work, eat a healthy lunch, improve work posture and ergonomics, avoid eyestrain, take time off to refresh, avoid prolonged stretches of long workdays, and disinfect your work area often.
WebMD, December 2020