Health Alert: More Kids Are Accidentally Ingesting Weed Edibles.
Researchers report that poison control centers received over 3,000 calls related to children under age six ingesting marijuana edibles in 2021, usually at home—a 14-fold increase compared to 2017.
Pediatrics, January 2023
Diet: Mediterranean Diet May Improve Fertility.
The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern focused on eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil, and whole grains while avoiding red and processed meats, dairy, saturated fats, and refined sugars. A recent literature review found that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with improved menstrual cycle regularity, embryo quality, live birth rates, sperm quality, and endometriosis-related measures. Obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Alex Robles writes, “I recommend that all patients trying to conceive consider incorporating some Mediterranean dietary elements into their lifestyle… There is no significant downside risk to doing so, and the potential benefits could be substantial.”
Nutrients, December 2022
Exercise: Silly Walking May Help You Meet Physical Activity Targets.
According to a recent experiment, inefficient walking—such as the silly high-step walk of John Cleese featured in an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus—may burn calories 2.5 times faster than usual walking. Researchers calculate that vigorously inefficient walking for 11 minutes a day may be enough to meet weekly physical activity guidelines.
BMJ, December 2022
Chiropractic: Treatment for Myofascial Trigger Points.
A myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable spot found in skeletal muscle that is associated with chronic pain conditions. A systematic review that included 37 studies concluded that manual therapies—such as those provided by doctors of chiropractic—are an effective intervention for reducing pain and pain sensitivity in patients with myofascial trigger points.
Clinical Journal of Pain, December 2022
Mental Attitude: Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients at Risk for Depression.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can cause spinal vertebrae to fuse, making the spine less flexible. An analysis of data concerning 5,825 ankylosing spondylitis patients and 25,984 age-matched controls found the condition is associated with a 60% increased risk for major depression.
Journal of Affective Disorders, February 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Greener Neighborhood, Better Sleep.
Following an analysis of ten years of data concerning 3,925 adults, researchers report that living in neighborhoods with more vegetation and access to parks and natural environments is associated with a reduced risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
Science of the Total Environment, December 2022