Health Alert: Medical Paperwork Keeps Some People from Seeking Care.
Questionnaires completed by 4,155 young and middle-aged adults revealed that 25% had delayed or skipped care due to administrative tasks such as obtaining information from an insurance company or provider, resolving issues with billing, or seeking pre-authorizations for care.
Health Services Research, September 2021
Diet: Breastfeeding Can Help Lower Postpartum Depression.
Adding to a number of benefits that breastfeeding can provide to mom and baby, a recent study found that new mothers who breastfeed are significantly less likely to experience postpartum depression, and the risk falls the further into life the child breastfeeds.
Public Health Nursing, September 2021
Exercise: Nature-Based Activities Benefit Mental Health.
An analysis of data from 50 studies found that regularly engaging in outdoor activities such as gardening or walking in a park or woodlands is associated with improved mood and reduced anxiety.
SSM – Population Health, December 2021
Chiropractic: Restoring Neck Curvature Improves Nerve Conductance.
Among a group of 32 women with reduced cervical lordosis (curve) and forward head posture, those who received treatment to restore normal posture in the neck experienced an improvement in central nerve conduction, the time it takes for nerve impulses to travel through the central nervous system on their way to the target muscles.
Science Reports, July 2021
Mental Attitude: Vaping May Be Linked to Eating Disorders in Young Adults.
An analysis of data on more than 51,000 college students found that those with a history or anorexia or bulimia were more likely to use e-cigarettes. Study author Dr. Kyle Ganson explains, “Nicotine vaping may be used by individuals to support eating disorder behaviors and goals, such as suppressing appetite and catalyzing weight loss… Young people who are struggling with their eating or substance use should seek help from a health professional.”
Eating Behaviors, September 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Tips to Help Teens Get Good Sleep.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about four-in-five high schoolers fail to get enough sleep during the school week. To help a teenager consistently get a good night’s sleep, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine offers the following tips: get more physical activity, avoid caffeine after school, limit naps to 30 minutes or less and don’t nap after 4pm, eat meals at the same time daily and don’t eat close to bedtime, keep lights dim at night, don’t use electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime, make time to relax and unwind before bedtime, get bright light in the morning, set a bedtime that allows for eight hour of sleep, and keep your sleep schedule as best you can through the weekend.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine, September 2021