Health Alert: Death Rate from Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis Has Quadrupled in the Last 20 years.
According to a recent study, deaths from alcoholic cirrhosis in the United States increased 400% between 1999 and 2019, from 4,000 to 24,000 per year. Lead researcher Dr. Charles Hennekens notes, “My hypothesis is that the reason we’re seeing more of liver disease earlier is not just that people are drinking more, but that they’re eating more and exercising less, so the damage to the liver is accelerating.”
American Journal of Medicine, June 2022
Diet: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit the Heart.
Using data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, researchers estimate that a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease by nearly 20% during a 15-year time frame.
Atherosclerosis, July 2022
Exercise: Boxing May Be a Good Exercise to Curb Parkinson’s Symptoms.
For patients with Parkinson’s disease, a recent study found that participating in a three-month boxing program may ease both motor and non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms. Study co-author Dr. Roshni Patel adds, “There’s a lot of growing evidence about the benefits of exercise in Parkinson’s… This is another study that highlights the importance of exercise in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It should be a part of our treatment, just like medicines are.”
American Academy of Neurology, April 2022
Chiropractic: Try Conservative Care Before Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a debilitating condition associated with the degeneration of the spine, which can have a wide range of symptoms including back pain, leg pain, numbness and tingling in the legs and impaired physical function. A recent study found that for patients with mild-to-moderate LSS, conservative treatment that includes manual therapies, supervised exercises, and aerobic training may provide similar long-term benefits with respect to pain and disability as decompression surgery with or without spinal fusion. Doctors of chiropractic often employ such an approach in the management of LSS.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, July 2022
Mental Attitude: Hearing Loss Linked to Depression.
Following a review of data from the Aidai Cohort study, researchers report that hearing loss in middle age is associated with a 2.7 times increased risk for depressive symptoms.
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, September 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Tongue and Lip Piercings Can Harm Teeth and Gums.
An analysis of data from eight studies identified the following potential consequences of oral piercings: deeper pockets around teeth next to tongue piercings, receding gums, wider gaps between teeth, and bleeding gums.
European Federation of Periodontology, June 2022