Weekly Health Update

Week of Monday May 14, 2018
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

Mental Attitude: Controlling Blood Pressure Reduces Dementia Risk.
After monitoring the health of 1,200 American middle-aged adults for 24 years, researchers report that individuals who maintain a normal blood pressure have a lower risk for developing dementia. Researcher Dr. Michael Murray notes, “Controlling blood pressure is important for lowering risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease… We can now add prevention of dementia to the list of benefits of good blood pressure control at all ages.”
Journal of General Internal Medicine, April 2018

Health Alert: Limit Alcohol to Live Longer.
An analysis of 83 studies that included nearly 600,000 people found that adults who drink more than of one alcoholic beverage per day, on average, can expect to live one or two fewer years than people who consume an average of one or fewer servings of alcohol per day.
Lancet, April 2018

Diet: Strawberries Top the List for Dirtiest Produce, Again.
The Environmental Working Group (EWP) has released its “Dirty Dozen” list that reveals which produce items contain the highest concentration of pesticides, and strawberries top the list again. The rest of the list includes spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, and sweet bell peppers. On the other hand, the EWP notes the following foods have the least pesticide exposure: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and broccoli.
Environmental Working Group, April 2018

Exercise: Yoga May Help Soothe Anxious Grade Schoolers.
In a study that included 52 third graders with symptoms of anxiety, investigators found that students who were randomly selected to participate in an eight-week yoga program experienced improvements in their psychosocial and emotional quality of life.
Psychology Research and Behavior Management, April 2018

Chiropractic: Are Modic Changes a Concern?
The term ‘modic change’ is a used to describe changes to the vertebral endplate that are related to spinal degeneration. A recent study set out to determine the predictive value of modic changes in the course of lumbar pain and the need for surgical intervention. Among the 72 patients in the study, the investigators found no relationship between modic changes on MRI and greater intensity of lumbar pain or the need for surgical treatment. Based on the study, the researchers conclude that modic changes should not be considered a sign of a poor prognosis or an indication for surgery.
Spanish Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, March 2018

Wellness/Prevention: Ease That Blister, Corn, or Callus.
Blisters, corns, and calluses are caused by friction. To care for these common foot problems, the Nemours Foundation recommends the following habits: keep a blister clean, dry, and bandaged until it heals; avoid pressure on the blister; soak a callus in warm, soapy water for ten minutes and rub gently with a pumice stone; use a shoe pad to relieve pressure and allow a callus to heal; use a donut-shaped pad in your shoe to help reduce pressure on a corn; use a pad with salicylic acid to help remove a corn’s dead skin; and if a corn continues to hurt or does not heal, see a podiatrist.
Nemours Foundation, April 2018

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