Health Alert: Maternal Obesity May Affect Liver Health of Offspring.
According to a new study, children born to women who were obese during early pregnancy appear to have up to a three-times increased risk for fatty liver disease, which is associated with several poor health outcomes. Lead author Dr. Hannes Hagström writes, “The findings are important because obesity is becoming more common at a young age, and fatty liver due to being overweight, is increasing in the world. If a tendency towards obesity and fatty liver disease can be ‘inherited,’ it can have consequences for public health.”
Journal of Hepatology, July 2021
Diet: Omega-3s May Help Fight Asthma.
New research suggests that a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce the inflammation in the lungs that is commonly observed in patients with asthma.
Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, July 2021
Exercise: Exercise Improves Survival Rates for Those with Defibrillators.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a medical device that is placed under the skin to correct cardiac arrhythmias. A review of data concerning nearly 42,000 ICD patients showed that those who participated in a cardiac rehabilitation program were 24% less likely to die in the three years following the implantation of their device.
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, July 2021
Chiropractic: Mobilization for Knee Osteoarthritis.
A small study that included 15 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee found that adding mobilization to a conservative therapy treatment plan resulted in greater improvements with respect to pain, range of motion, hamstring peak muscle force, and walking ability. Doctors of chiropractic are well versed in the conservative care of knee osteoarthritis, which may include the application of mobilization therapies.
In Vivo, June 2021
Mental Attitude: Living Near Woodlands Promotes Mental Health.
The result of a recent study that included over 3,500 children and teens found that participants who lived near woodlands were 16% less likely to develop behavioral or emotional problems over the following two years. The findings add to a growing body of research that regular exposure to nature can provide a number of physical and mental health benefits.
Nature Sustainability, July 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Diet and Ulcerative Colitis Risk.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause abdominal cramps and pain and even bloody diarrhea. A study that compared the diet of 384 UC patients and 665 age-matched adults without a history of UC found that a higher intake of vegetables and vitamins A and C is associated with about a 50% reduced risk for the disease.
Nutrition, June 2021