WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, December 26th, 2016
Chad Abramson, D.C.
Mental Attitude: Parents Often Miss PTSD in Kids
Researchers followed more than 100 children aged two to ten who had experienced a road collision involving a car crash, being hit wh ile walking, or getting knocked off their bicycle. They found t hat most parents of kids who still had PTSD after three years didn't recognize their child's symptoms. The researchers also observed tha t children were more likely to suffer PTSD if their parents also suffered from the condition, but even these parents had difficulty recognizing their child's PTSD. Lead resear cher Dr. Richard Meiser-Stedman adds, "Thi s study strengthens the case for consideri ng parental mental health, and providing support for both children and their parents in the aftermath of a trauma to reduce the lo ng-term effects for both." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, November 2016
Health Alert: Spend Less Time on Your Smartphone Before Bed.
In this study, participants who spent more screen-time on their phones, especially if they used their smartphones shortly befo re bedtime, experienced shorter sleep and reduced sleep quality. The authors of the study advise that reducing screen-time, particularly before bedtime, may help enhance the length and quality of sleep. Prior studies have suggested that the blue light from electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets can overstimulate the brain, making a good night's sleep elusive. PLOS ONE, November 2016
Diet: Low Vitamin D Levels May Increase the Risk of Bladder Cancer.
New research shows that bladder cells activate and respond to vitamin D, which can stimulate an immune response. Experts say this finding is important because the immune system m ay help prevent cancer by identifying and destroying abnormal cells before they develop into cancer. The body usually produces vit amin D through exposure to sunshine, but it's also obtained from food s such as fatty fish, cheese, and eggs. Lead author Dr. Rosemar y Bland writes, "As vitamin D is cheap and safe, its potential us e in cancer prevention is exc iting and could potentially impact on the lives of many people." Society for Endocrinology, November 2016
Exercise: Can Exercise Shield Against a Week of Overindulgence?
A new study suggests that exercise protects fat tissue from changes in inflammation levels and fat metabolism caused by a week of overeating. In the study, researchers found an increase i n markers of inflammation after one week of overeating among people who do not norm ally exercise. However, the individuals in the study who participated in at least 150 minut es of aerobic exercise six days per week did not experience an increase in markers of inflammation or changes in glucose tolerance or fat metabolism. The researchers conclude, "Our preliminary findings expand on existing work to support a protective role of exercise in the metabolic response of adipose tissue to brief periods of overeati ng." Integrative Biology of Exercise 7 Meeting, November 2016
Chiropractic: Childhood Exposure to Violence Linked to Chronic Physical Conditions.
Researchers recently examined the associations of violence exposure with chronic physical conditions among a group of adolescents. The survey, which included 6,4 83 American teens, found that 24.99% of par ticipants reported exposure to violence, and these children also had an elevated risk f or back/neck pain, headaches, chronic pain, a llergies, and asthma. This suggests that ch ildhood violence exposure may be associate d with chronic physical conditions that can develop early in life. Interventions and policies aimed at preventing violence and detecti ng and treating early-onset conditions have the potential to reduce morb idity, mortality, and health disparities early in development. Psychosomatic Medicine, November 2016
Wellness/Prevention: How to Prevent Frequent Nosebleeds.
Dry air is often a cause of frequent nosebleeds. The Seattle Children's Hospital offers these prevention strategies: use a humidifier to he lp keep tissues in the nose moist, apply a dab of petroleum jelly on the center wall of the nose twice daily, blow your nose gently, and avoid ibuprofen and aspirin as these drugs can increase ble eding. Seattle Children's Hospital, November 2016
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