Health Alert: Obesity May Shorten Survival of Cancer Patients.
According to a review of findings from 200 studies, obesity is associated with shorter cancer survival in patients with cancer of the breast, uterus, colon, prostate, or pancreas.
JAMA Network Open, March 2021
Diet: Processed Foods Are Bad for the Heart.
Using data from an ongoing study, researchers estimate that each daily serving of ultra-processed food increases an individual’s risk for cardiovascular disease by 5% and cardiovascular disease-related death by 9%.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 2021
Exercise: Lifting Weights Can Strengthen Bones Too.
For patients with osteoporosis or those who are at risk for the disease, the current research suggests that high-load resistance training is associated with improved bone mineral density in the spinal vertebrae and hips.
Clinical Nursing (Spain), April 2021
Chiropractic: Facet Joints May Be Responsible for 15% of Chronic Low Back Pain Cases.
The facet joints are located on the posterior side of each vertebrae and allow the spine to bend forward and backward and twist. In a recent experiment involving 206 chronic low back pain patients, researchers observed that diagnostic nerve blocks relieved back pain in 15% of participants, which suggests that facet joint dysfunction may be the primary cause of 1 in 6 cases of chronic low back pain. Doctors of chiropractic utilize spinal manipulation and other manual therapies to restore proper motion and alignment to the facet joints and other spinal structures in the management of low back pain.
Pain Medicine, February 2021
Mental Attitude: Sleep Is Important for Cognitive Function.
To keep the brain healthy, it’s important to get quality sleep each night. A review of data concerning 2,901 elderly adults revealed that reducing exposure to light and noise in the bedroom, relaxing in the evening, and meeting exercise guidelines are important for getting a good night’s rest.
International Journal of Clinical Practice, April 2021
Wellness/Prevention: How to Spot Asthma.
Asthma causes the airways to narrow and swell making it difficult to breath. Signs and symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath; chest tightness or pain; wheezing when exhaling; trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing; and coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory infection. Pulmonary experts note that individuals should contact their doctor if they suspect they have asthma, as the condition can be life threatening for some.
Mayo Clinic, April 2021