Health Alert: Migraines Linked to Alzheimer’s.
Following an analysis of data from five cohort studies that included a total of 249,303 participants, researchers estimate that individuals with a history of migraine headaches may have up to a 2.49 times increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, January 2022
Diet: Fruits, Veggies, and the Gut Microbiome.
Using data from the Multiethnic Cohort-Adiposity Phenotype Study, researchers report that a high intake of fruit and vegetables is associated with greater diversity of the gut microbiome, which is linked to a reduced risk for several chronic diseases.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, January 2022
Exercise: A Short Run Can Give the Brain a Boost.
According to a recent study, engaging in just ten minutes of moderate-intensity running can increase blood flow to areas of the brain that are key to regulating mood, working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control.
Scientific Reports, November 2021
Chiropractic: Back Pain Common Among ICU Nurses.
A systematic review of 21 studies published in the last 20 years found that 76% of intensive care unit (ICU) nurses experience at least one episode of low back pain each year, a rate substantially higher than is observed in the general population. Low back pain is the most common condition treated by doctors of chiropractic.
Nurses in Critical Care, November 2021
Mental Attitude: Many Drinkers Think They Are Okay to Drive.
In this study, researchers observed that around half of young adult drinkers are unable to determine when their blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit to drive, which can place them at risk for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Study leader Dr. Kai Hensel writes, “In countries with legal alcohol limits, it’s usually the driver who makes a judgment about how much they’ve drunk and how fit they are to drive. But as we’ve shown, we are not always good at making this judgment. As many as one in two people in our study underestimated how drunk we are — and this can have devastating consequences.”
Harm Reduction Journal, December 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Depression Risk.
The results from a recent study suggest that engaging in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, reducing the intake of high-carb, low-nutrient foods, and improving sleep quality can reduce or prevent depression in overweight or obese men.
Journal of Affective Disorders, December 2021