“Mental Attitude: Obesity Can Affect a Toddler’s Brain.
This study looked at the weight of 233 kids at ages one and two and found that “non-lean” (high end of normal weight, overweight, or obese) toddlers scored lower on IQ tests at ages five and eight, especially with regards to reasoning and working memory. Lead author Dr. Nan Li notes, “On an individual level, it’s not noticeable, but on a population level, it’s a lot… A one-point shift in IQ may affect the number of students with disabilities, the number of gifted children, and eventually on a population level, it could affect economic productivity.”
Obesity, May 2018
Health Alert: Overweight Women Face Higher Cancer Risks.
Putting on extra pounds during middle age can increase a woman’s cancer risk. In a new study involving more than 137,000 women, researchers observed that those who gained 22 pounds (9.97 kg) or more during the following 18 years had a 36% greater risk for developing breast cancer, a 40% elevated risk for endometrial cancer, and a 91% higher risk for being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Heather McMullen, the director of bariatric surgery at Northwell Health’s Syosset Hospital in Syosset, New York adds, “It is widely known that obesity increases your risk of medical conditions such as hypertension, sleep apnea and diabetes… This article highlights that obesity, as well as significant weight gain in women, increases risk of certain cancers.”
European Congress on Obesity, May 2018
Diet: Can This Help Get Kids to Try More Vegetables?
If you have difficulty getting your child to try new foods, picture books may help. In this study, researchers observed that children shown books that feature a new vegetable—peas, in this case—during a two-week period were more likely to enjoy the vegetable three months later.
Appetite, May 2018
Exercise: Lifelong Exercise Can Protect the Heart.
Making exercise a lifelong habit may slow the aging of the heart and arteries. In this study, investigators found that people over the age of 60 who had exercised at least 30 minutes two to three times per week for several years had more flexible middle-sized arteries, which supply blood to the head and neck. Furthermore, those who exercised four to five times per week had more youthful large, central arteries, which provide blood to the chest and abdomen.
The Physiological Society, May 2018
Chiropractic: Backpacks Place Strain on Schoolchildren.
Among a group of twelve male pre-teens, researchers found that when the load of a child’s backpack exceeds just 15% of their bodyweight, it results in muscular and postural changes that may increase the risk for back pain. Furthermore, the researchers observed that adjusting the backpack so that it rests between the mid back and lower back causes less discomfort than centering the weight of the bag higher or lower on the spine.
PLOS ONE, May 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Get That Tick Out!
Ticks are becoming a huge health concern in many regions of the United States due to the many diseases they can carry. Thus, it is very important to remove a tick that becomes embedded in your skin to help reduce the chances of becoming infected. To safely accomplish this, the National Institutes of Health suggests the following steps: use fine-tipped tweezers; grab the tick close to the skin and gently pull up to remove the entire tick; don’t use a home remedies, such as petroleum jelly or nail polish; after removing the tick, clean the bite area and wash your hands thoroughly; and if you develop a fever, severe headache, or a rash within weeks of removing the tick, seek medical attention.
National Institutes of Health, May 2018″
From Dr. Thomas Ogi, D.C
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