Health Alert: Secondhand Smoke Puts Kids at Risk for Hospitalization.
New research suggests that children from smoking households are more likely to visit an urgent care center or be admitted to a hospital than kids from smoke-free homes. Lead author Dr. Ashley Merianos notes, “Despite major progress in tobacco control, about four in ten children remain exposed to tobacco smoke… This exposure places developing children at higher risk for many health problems, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchiolitis and pneumonia.”
PLOS ONE, March 2021
Diet: Slow Down at Mealtime.
Using data from two ongoing studies, researchers report that individuals identified as fast eaters tend to consume more calories per meal and are more likely to gain weight over time than slower eaters.
Clinical Obesity, January 2021
Exercise: Exercise May Slow Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s Patients.
Among a group of 173 patients with early Parkinson’s disease, researchers observed that those with a sedentary lifestyle experienced a greater decline in cognitive function over the following two years than participants who regularly exercise.
Neurology, March 2021
Chiropractic: Manipulation for Treatment of Lumbar Disk Herniation.
A study that included 67 lumbar disk herniation patients revealed that six spinal manipulative therapy treatments spread over two weeks not only resulted in improvements in pain and function, but also in the curvature of the lumbar spine. Spinal manipulation is the primary form of treatment utilized by doctors of chiropractic for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine.
China Journal of Orthopeadics and Traumatology, January 2021
Mental Attitude: Teens Who Are Online a Lot Are More Likely to Become Cyberbullies.
A survey of 428 adolescents revealed that teenagers spend an average of seven hours a day online. Additionally, the more time a teen is on the Internet each day, the greater the chance they will engage in cyberbullying behaviors.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, March 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Deficiency Too Common in Hip Fracture Patients.
Blood tests collected from 268 brittle hip fracture patients revealed that almost 90% were vitamin D deficient, and half of these individuals were severely deficient. Because vitamin D is important for healthy bones, the findings suggest that improving vitamin D status in the elderly could reduce their risk for serious hip fracture.
Orthopedic Surgery, March 2021