Mental Attitude: PTSD Increases Parkinson’s Risk.
An analysis of data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database reveals that patients with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at a three-times greater risk for developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). The authors of the analysis write, “Further studies would be required to clarify the exact pathophysiology between PTSD and PD and to investigate whether the prompt intervention for PTSD may reduce this risk.”
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, March 2017

Health Alert: Streams Polluted with Chemicals Nationwide.
Many streams in the United States (US) contain a potentially dangerous mixture of pollutants. In this study, researchers checked for 719 organic chemicals in 38 streams across the US and found that every stream tested had at least one of these chemicals and a few had over 150. Some of the detected chemicals included: insecticides and herbicides, along with byproducts from their degradation; antibacterials such as triclosan; and medications such as antihistamines and the diabetes drug metformin. The researchers add that further research is needed to determine the potential dangers such pollutants pose to aquatic life, the food chain, and human health.
Environmental Science & Technology, April 2017

Diet: Trans Fat Bans May Reduce Cardiovascular Events.
Trans fat are found in food products such as baked goods, chips, crackers, and fried foods, and have been linked to an increased risk for heart disease. In this study, researchers compared a decade worth of data from New York counties with and without restrictions on trans fats and found those with restrictions had a 6% lower rate of hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke than counties without such trans fat policies. The findings suggest that the Food and Drug Administration’s move to restrict trans fats in all foods starting in 2018 will have widespread benefits.
JAMA Cardiology, April 2017

Exercise: Yoga May Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients.
Yoga may help men deal with common prostate cancer therapy side effects. In this study, investigators had 22 patients attend 75-minute yoga classes two times per week while they underwent radiation therapy. Based on self-completed questionnaires, investigators found that men who attended yoga classes had less fatigue and better sexual and urinary function than members of a control group who maintained their usual activities. Lead researcher Dr. Neha Vapiwala explains, “Yoga is known to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, which is one of several postulated theories that may explain why this group did not demonstrate declining scores, as seen in the control group… That may also explain the yoga patients’ improved urinary function scores, another finding of this trial.”
International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics, April 2017

Chiropractic: When to Be Concerned About Neck Pain…
Neck pain can arise from many causes, such as an injury or the slow degeneration of disks between the vertebrae. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends seeing a doctor if: you have long-lasting pain or stiffness without an obvious injury; your pain becomes severe; the pain radiates into the legs or arms; or your pain is accompanied by headaches, weakness, tingling, or numbness. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate and treat most causes of neck pain.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, April 2017

Wellness/Prevention: Keep an Eye on Your Child’s Moles.
If your child has a mole or moles, be sure to check them regularly for changes. The American Academy of Dermatology lists the following warning signs that warrant a trip to the doctor: a mole that grows, changes quickly, or looks different from any other mole; a mole that is dome-shaped, has an irregular border, or is different colors; a mole that bleeds or looks like an open sore.
American Academy of Dermatology, April 2017

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