Health Alert: Diagnostic Errors Harm Nearly 800,000 Americans Each Year.
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that approximately 795,000 Americans die or are permanently disabled each year due to diagnostic errors that result in either delayed or unnecessary treatment, most commonly vascular events, infections, and cancers. Lead investigator Dr. Newman-Toker adds, “Diagnostic errors are, by a wide margin, the most under resourced public health crisis we face, yet research funding only recently reached the $20 million per year mark. If we are to achieve diagnostic excellence and the goal of zero preventable harm from diagnostic error, we must continue to invest in efforts to achieve success.”
BMJ Quality & Safety, July 2023
Diet: Teens Don’t Eat Enough Fruit and Vegetables!
Using data from the 2007-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, researchers report that less than 15% of teenagers consume at least one serving of vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables or dark green vegetables each day. Most dietary guidelines for adolescents recommend at least two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables each day.
Current Developments in Nutrition, August 2023
Exercise: Strong Hips and Running.
Examinations of 122 runners revealed that having stronger hips not only improves running performance but may also be protective against running-related injury.
International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, August 2023
Chiropractic: Addressing Neck Issues Benefits Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Patients.
For patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, a recent study found that including manual therapies to address musculoskeletal disorders of the cervical spine to standard treatment resulted in better outcomes as demonstrated with electrodiagnostic testing. Doctors of chiropractic routinely assess the full course of the median nerve when examining CTS patients as compression of the median nerve beyond the wrist can contribute to or even cause CTS-associated symptoms.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, June 2023
Mental Attitude: Mental and Physical Exercise Benefits the Brain.
Over the course of a five-month study, researchers observed that the combination of physical exercise and cognitive training improved thinking skills in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
JAMA Network Open, July 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Stop Biting Your Nails.
According to a recent study, about half of individuals who experience body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB), such as nail-biting or skin-picking, may benefit from a strategy called habit replacement, which involves gently touching the skin, such as rubbing fingertips or the back of the arm, at least twice a day for six weeks.
JAMA Dermatology, July 2023