WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 9-13-2021

Health Alert: Added Sugar and Breast Cancer Risk. Using data from the Nurses’ Health Study I and II,
researchers report that a high intake of added sugar is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, and a
diet characterized by less added sugar and more servings of fruit and vegetables is linked to a lower risk for the
disease. European Journal of Nutrition, June 2021
Diet: Mediterranean Diet Benefits the Brain. The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern focused on eating
fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil, and whole grains while avoiding red and processed meats, dairy,
saturated fats, and refined sugars. The current research notes that greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet
may reduce the risk for both depression and neurodegenerative disease. Nutrients, June 2021
Exercise: Engage in More Types of Exercise. Past research has shown that exercise can protect against
depression. An analysis of data from the 2014, 2016, and 2018 Korea National Health and Nutrition
Examination Surveys showed that including two or more types of exercise into one’s physical fitness routine
can offer even more protection from depressive symptoms. Scientific Reports, August 2021
Chiropractic: Exercise and Manual Therapy Benefits a Common Shoulder Problem. For patients with
shoulder impingement syndrome, new research shows that adding manual therapy to exercise therapy can lead
to greater improvements in muscle function and self-reported disability. This treatment approach is often
utilized by doctors of chiropractic in the management of shoulder impingement syndrome.
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, April 2021
Mental Attitude: Stressful Experiences During Childhood Can Affect the Gut. A review of past studies
suggests that stress associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can negatively affect the gut
microbiota, which may explain one pathway by which ACEs can affect one’s long-term health. Examples of
ACEs include abuse (physical, sexual, emotional); neglect (physical, emotional); witnessing domestic violence,
substance abuse, or mental illness in the household; and the loss of a parent (separation, divorce, incarceration,
death). Behavioral Brain Research, July 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Avoiding Eczema Flare-ups. Eczema is a group of skin conditions that causes red,
itchy rashes that affects up to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children. To help prevent an eczema
flare-up, WebMD recommends the following: moisturize your skin frequently, avoid sudden changes in
temperature and humidity, avoid sweating or getting too hot, manage stress, avoid scratchy materials, identify
and avoid foods that trigger symptoms, and use a humidifier in your house. WebMD, July 2021
Quote: “A closed mind is a dying mind.” ~ Edna Ferber

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 9-6-2021

Health Alert: Sleep and Diet Can Increase Longevity. An analysis of data concerning over 13,000 older
adults revealed that eating several servings of vegetables a day and sleeping 7-8 hours a night can reduce one’s
risk for early death in the following six years by up to 34%. BMC Geriatrics, June 2021
Diet: Breastfeeding Promotes Healthier Blood Pressure for Children. Examinations of nearly 2,400 threeyear-old children showed that those who were breastfed for any duration—even in just the first days of life—
had lower blood pressure than the kids who had never breastfed.
Journal of the American Heart Association, July 2021
Exercise: Neighborhood Characteristics Can Affect Hypertension Risk. Using data from two ongoing
studies, researchers report that individuals living in neighborhoods that are more conducive to pedestrian traffic
and have greater access to parks are less likely to have high blood pressure than those residing in areas with less
greenspace and reduced walkability. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, August 2021
Chiropractic: Manual Therapy Techniques for Migraines. Among a group of 50 migraine patients, those
treated with manual therapy once a week for four weeks experienced greater improvements in pain intensity,
migraine disability, and quality of life than participants provided with a placebo/sham treatment. Doctors of
chiropractic employ a variety of manual therapy techniques to treat patients with migraines and other types of
headache. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, August 2021
Mental Attitude: Dementia Can Happen at Younger Ages. New research suggests that 5% of dementia cases
occur in individuals under age 65 with 119 cases of early-onset dementia occurring for every 100,000 people
globally. Researcher Dr. Stevie Hendriks adds, “We see that the first symptoms in young people are usually not
the symptoms you would expect when you think of dementia… Instead of memory impairment, young people
more often present with changes in behavior or emotions, or sometimes language problems.”
JAMA Neurology, July 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Prevent Jock Itch. Tinea cruris, otherwise known as jock itch, is a fungal infection that
can cause a red and itchy rash in warm and moist areas of the body, such as the groin. To prevent jock itch, the
Mayo Clinic recommends the following: keep your groin area dry after exercise or showering; wear clean
clothes that don’t chafe skin in the groin area; don’t share personal items (clothes or towels); and treat or
prevent athlete’s foot because it can spread to the groin. Mayo Clinic, July 2021
Quote: “Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world.” ~ Henry Drummond

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-23-2021

Health Alert: Appendicitis After Age 45 May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk. Using the Taiwan National Health
Insurance Research Database, researchers concluded that patients treated for appendicitis after age 45 not only had
an elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease but they developed it earlier in life than their peers without a history of
appendicitis. The data suggests that doctors should closely monitor their appendicitis patients for signs of cognitive
decline. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, July 2021
Diet: Time-Restricted Eating Reduces Diabetes-Related Nocturnal Hypertension. Diabetics are at increased risk
for nocturnal hypertension, which can elevate the risk for poor cardiovascular outcomes. A recent experiment found
that restricting eating to an eight-hour window can help keep blood pressure from rising overnight in people with
diabetes. PNAS, June 2021
Exercise: Preteen Brains Benefit from Regular Physical Activity. Brain imaging of nearly 6,000 primary schoolaged children showed an association between regular physical activity and more organized, robust, and flexible brain
networks. Lead researcher Dr. Caterina Stamoulis adds, “It didn’t matter what kind of physical activity children were
involved in… It only mattered that they were active… In preteens, a number of brain functions are still developing,
and they can be altered by a number of risk factors. Our results suggest that physical activity has a positive
protective effect across brain regions.” Cerebral Cortex, May 2021
Chiropractic: SI Joint and Back Pain During Pregnancy. Among a group of 320 new mothers, researchers found
that those who experienced low back pain during pregnancy were more likely to have sacroiliac (SI) joint
dysfunction. Past studies have shown that the SI joint is a common sole or contributing cause of back pain and
should be evaluated in patients with low back pain. Doctors of chiropractic often address pregnancy-related back
pain, SI joint pain, and pelvic pain using manual therapies and specific exercises. Acta Radiologica, May 2021
Mental Attitude: An Unhappy Marriage May Shorten a Man’s Life. A three-decade study involving nearly
9,000 men revealed that those who expressed dissatisfaction in their marriage but remained married had a 21%
elevated risk for premature death and a 94% higher risk for stroke. Lead researcher Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari adds,
“Assessing marital satisfaction and appraising the health benefits of marital education programs for young couples
should be implemented as part of health promotion strategies for the general population.”
Journal of Clinical Medicine, June 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Playing Outside Benefits Kids’ Vitamin D Status. According to a study that looked at data
concerning 3,606 children from nine European countries, boys and girls who spend less than one hour a day outdoors
are 1.21 times more likely to be vitamin D deficient than their peers who spend an hour or more each day playing
outside. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2021
Quote: “The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.” ~ Ginger Rogers
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-30-2021

Health Alert: Sleep Apnea During Childhood Can Spell Heart Trouble for Teens. The result of an eight-year
study that included 421 children found that participants with sleep apnea before adolescence that did not improve
over time are at increased risk for high blood pressure as teens, which can set the stage for poor cardiovascular health
in adulthood. Study author Dr. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza adds, “Because most cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed
in adults and children alike, the problem needs more attention. Sleep apnea and its risk factors should be screened
for, monitored and targeted early in life to prevent future cardiovascular disease.” JAMA Cardiology, June 2021
Diet: Food Choices for Strong Bones. According to a recent article, middle-aged and older adults who eat adequate
protein, fermented dairy products, and at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day are less likely to suffer
fractures associated with poor bone health. The Lancet. Diabetes & Endocrinology, July 2021
Exercise: Breathing Workout Can Lower Blood Pressure. High-resistance inspiratory muscle training involves
breathing through a handheld device to strengthen the diaphragm and other respiratory muscles. An experiment
involving 36 middle-aged and older adults found that performing this form of training for five minutes a day for six
weeks resulted in similar improvements in blood pressure as walking for 30 minutes a day or taking hypertension
medications. Participants also experienced improvements in endothelial function and reduced inflammation.
Journal of the American Heart Association, June 2021
Chiropractic: Sleep Disturbance and Low Back Pain in Postpartum Women. Assessments of 124 new mothers
revealed that low back and pelvic pain often accompany postpartum sleep disorders. While this study was unable to
determine the nature of this association, past research has shown that sleep disturbance and low back pain can have a
bi-directional relationship, and both conditions may need to be addressed concurrently to achieve a successful
treatment outcome. When appropriate, doctors of chiropractic team up with other healthcare providers to manage
patients with co-occurring musculoskeletal pain and sleep disorders. European Spine Journal, May 2021
Mental Attitude: Spanking Children Doesn’t Work and May Cause Harm. An analysis of over 60 studies
concluded that physical punishment increases child aggression and other behavior problems over time. Study coauthor Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff adds, “Physical punishment is harmful to children’s development and well-being.
There is no evidence that it has any positive outcomes whatsoever.” The Lancet, June 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Improving Blood Pressure Can Significantly Reduce Dementia Risk. Using data from the
National Health Insurance Service National Health Examinee cohort, researchers report that individuals with grade 1
hypertension (140-159/90-99 mmHg) who managed to bring their blood pressure down to an average of 131/81
mmHg over the following decade were half as likely to develop dementia as participants who failed to address their
hypertension. Journal of Hypertension, August 2021
Quote: “You are one of a kind and unique. Never forget that.” ~ Richard Simmons
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-16-2021

Health Alert: Early Signs of MS Often Missed. Researchers examined the insurance records of nearly 198,000
adults and found that those eventually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) were more likely to make doctor visits
for issues such as urinary problems, visual disturbances, abnormal skin sensations, impaired movement, and
dizziness in the time preceding their diagnosis. Recognizing these clusters of symptoms could help doctors identify
patients who may be at increased risk for MS earlier in the course of the disease when treatment may be more
effective. Neurology, June 2021
Diet: Western Diet Linked to Skin & Joint Inflammation. New research suggests that the high-fat, high-sugar
Western diet can negatively affect the population of bacteria in the gut, contributing to skin and joint inflammation
symptoms such a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. On the other hand, switching to a healthier dietary pattern may help
to reduce these issues. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, June 2021
Exercise: Benefits of Using Dumbbells. The American Council on Exercise notes that incorporating dumbbells into
your workout can offer the following benefits: promotes muscle growth, improves cardiovascular health, aids in
weight loss, leads to greater muscle activation, improves muscle endurance, benefits contractile and elastic
components of muscle tissues, and helps maintain bone health. American Council on Exercise, July 2021
Chiropractic: Myofascial Release Offers Benefits to Those with Back Pain. Myofascial release is a hands-on
technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure to myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate
pain and restore motion. A recent meta-analysis concluded that myofascial release offers significant benefit for
reducing disability in patients with low back pain. This form of treatment is often used in combination with other
manual therapies and specific exercises in the management of low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Complementary Therapies in Medicine, June 2021
Mental Attitude: People with Anorexia or Depression Feel Things Differently. According to a study that
included over 1,200 participants, half of whom have a history of mental illness, individuals with bipolar disorder,
anxiety, major depression, anorexia, and schizophrenia exhibit altered brain activity in a region of the brain called
the dorsal mid-insula, which helps manage how the body senses internal sensations like pain, hunger, and the need to
use the restroom. American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Prevent Nail Fungus. A fungal nail infection presents as thickening of the nail, often with a
yellow, brown, or chalky white tinge. Once a fungal infection begins, it can be difficult to manage, hence the
importance of taking steps to prevent an infection in the first place. WebMD offers the following prevention tips: be
careful around fungal hotspots by wearing shoes in locker rooms, at swimming pools, or in public showers; clip nails
carefully to avoid skin cuts, which invite infection; and clean your nails with soap and water, using a nailbrush if
needed. WebMD, July 2021
Quote: “Dig your well before you’re thirsty.” ~ Seth Godin
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-9-2021

Health Alert: DNA Test May Help Spot a Range of Cancers. Scientists have developed a new test that looks for
cell-free DNA in blood samples, which is a telltale sign of nearly 50 types of cancerous tumors. Study leader Dr.
Eric Klein “[The test] sets the stage for a new paradigm of screening individuals for multiple cancer with a single
blood test, as opposed to the current situation where we screen for individual cancers.”
Annals of Oncology, June 2021
Diet: Start the Day with Chocolate? A study involving 19 postmenopausal women found that consuming 100
grams of chocolate in the morning positively influenced fat burning and glucose levels throughout the day.
FASEB Journal, June 2021
Exercise: How Get Active in a Sedentary Job. To offset some of the dangers associated with prolonged workrelated sedentary activity, researchers recommend setting an alarm on your phone to go off every 30 minutes to
initiate a quick, two-minute exercise session that may include walking in place, jogging in place, jumping jacks,
walking lunges, sitting down and getting back out of your chair repeatedly, push-ups on the floor or on the edge of
your desk, triceps-dips on the floor or on the edge of your desk, and wall sits. Life and Health Network, July 2021
Chiropractic: Joint Gliding Improves Postural Stability and Pain. Sustained natural apophyseal gliding
(SNAGS) is a form of manual therapy provided by doctors of chiropractic that combines sustained facet (joint)
gliding with active motion followed by overpressure. A study involving 64 patients suffering from flexion-dominant
chronic low back pain found that SNAG is effective for reducing pain and improving postural stability patients with
this condition. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, May 2021
Mental Attitude: Romantic Couples Often Start Out As Friends. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,900
college students and adults and found that 68% had current or recent romantic relationships that began as a
friendship. Researcher Dr. Danu Anthony Stinson explains, “Relationships are super important for people’s lives.
People want to choose good partners. They want to make choices that are going to help support their well-being,
their goals, all these kinds of things.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, July 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Playground Safety Tips. Each year, more than 200,000 children end up in the emergency
room as the result of a playground-related injury. To help reduce the risk for such injuries, Children’s Health
recommends the following: choose the right playground equipment for your child’s age and skills; when possible,
choose playgrounds with surfaces made from wood chips or shredded rubber to lessen the risk of injury; dress your
child properly and avoid necklaces, scarves, purses, or clothing that could get caught around their neck or pose a
hazard; use play equipment properly (don’t climb slides or jump from swings); and supervise your child closely
while playing on the monkey bars, which cause half of all serious playground falls. Children’s Health, July 2021
Quote: “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-2-2021

Health Alert: Migraines Linked to Increased Risk for Pregnancy Complications. Researchers analyzed over
145,000 pregnancies and found that women with a history of migraine had a higher risk of obstetric and postpartum
complications, such as gestational diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and blood clots. Study author Dr. Nirit Lev notes, “Our
study confirms that women who suffer from migraine are at a greater risk of a host of medical and obstetric
complications. As such, we are [recommending] that these women should be classed as ‘high-risk’ pregnancies and
should therefore be treated according to a high-risk protocol.” European Academy of Neurology, June 2021
Diet: Western Diet Contributes to Chronic Pain. New research suggests that the typical Western diet, which is
high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, is a significant risk factor for both inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
Additionally, the researchers observed that adopting a healthier diet can significantly reduce—and in some cases
even reverse—these types of pain. Nature Metabolism, June 2021
Exercise: Overtraining Can Impair Mitochondrial Function. Mitochondrial capacity is the ability of the body to
generate energy and is a factor associated with increased athletic performance, especially endurance exercise. In a
new study, researchers found that performing too much intense exercise can impair mitochondrial capacity within
four weeks. Journal of Applied Physiology, June 2021
Chiropractic: Can Foot Pronation Cause Back Pain? In a recent experiment, participants wore special shoes that
induced pronation (inward roll) of the foot while walking. This resulted in altered pelvic and hip motion—more
specifically, pelvic position was more inclined on the contralateral side during loading phase of gait, there was less
rotation of the pelvis to the contralateral leg, and the hip also tended to be more internally rotated—which could
contribute to pelvic and lower back disorders over time. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to assess and correct foot
biomechanics to promote normal gait patterns. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, May 2021
Mental Attitude: A-Fib Can Affect Cognitive Function. Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is a common heart-rhythm
disorder that can lead to stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular complications. A review of data from 43
studies found that A-Fib is associated with an elevated risk for both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Journal of General Internal Medicine, July 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Supplement Can Benefit Bone and Muscle Health. Low vitamin D status is
associated with poor bone health and a reduced ability for muscle to repair itself following exercise. In an
experiment involving female basketball players with inadequate vitamin D serum levels, researchers found that
taking a daily 4,000 IU vitamin D supplement improved their vitamin D status, as well as their bone and muscle
health. European Journal of Sports Science, July 2021
Quote: “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” ~ Arthur Ashe
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 7-26-2021

Health Alert: In Utero Secondhand Smoke Exposure Can Lead to Breathing Problems… In a study that
included 476 children, researchers observed an association between greater exposure to secondhand smoke
while in the womb and reduced lung function at age six. American Thoracic Society, May 2021
Diet: Pea Flour Offers Benefits to Malnourished Children. New research suggests that adding cowpea flour
to food as a supplement to standard hospital care to address malnourishment in children can accelerate weight
gain while also improving the health of the gut microbiota, which can bolster the immune system.
Cell Reports Medicine, May 2021
Exercise: Stay Active and Sit Less. According to a new study, reducing sitting time and filling the day with
several hours of light physical activity can help an individual achieve many of the same benefits associated with
meeting physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week.
British Journal of Sports Medicine, May 2021
Chiropractic: Initial Course of Spinal Manipulation for Back Pain Reduces Adverse Drug Events. A
review of Medicare claims revealed that seniors who sought treatment for chronic low back pain in 2013 were
42 times more likely to experience an adverse drug event in the following five years if they initially chose
opioid analgesic therapy versus spinal manipulation therapy. The finding supports the use of chiropractic care as
an effective first form of treatment for chronic low back pain. Spine, April 2021
Mental Attitude: Most People with Alcohol Problems Don’t Get Treatment. Following a review of data
concerning over 210,000 American adults, researchers report that only 6% with a drinking problem received
treatment. However, the absence of care isn’t because people with drinking problems don’t see a healthcare
provider or have never been screened for such issues. It appears that patients are screened but the process ends
there. Lead author Dr. Carrie Mintz notes, “People with alcohol use disorders are hitting the health care system,
but we’re missing that opportunity.” Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, May 2021
Wellness/Prevention: What You Can Do to Improve Gut Health. Over the past 20 years, numerous studies
have identified an association between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune
diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and some cancers. To improve one’s gut health, experts
recommend the following: manage stress, get plenty of quality sleep, eat a healthy diet featuring plenty of fruits,
vegetables, and dietary fiber; reduce intake of processed foods, stay hydrated, take a prebiotic or probiotic, and
avoid foods that upset the stomach. HealthLine, June 2021
Quote: “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ~ Truman Capote
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 7-19-2021

Health Alert: Despite Risks, Heart Disease Patients Often Keep Smoking. Among more than 2,600 adults
with a history of heart attack or stroke, researchers found that 30% were smokers and only a third of this group
had stopped smoking over the following four years, despite the majority knowing that smoking increases their
risk for future cardiovascular events. Journal of the American Heart Association, June 2021
Diet: Backyard Poultry Safety Tips. Raising chickens in the backyard is a becoming more popular in recent
years, but close proximity to fowl can also come with a risk for salmonella exposure. The Centers for Disease
Control offers the following tips for households raising chickens: always wash your hands for 20 seconds, keep
flock and flock supplies outside of the house, don’t let children under the age of five years have contact with the
birds, and don’t kiss the birds. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2021
Exercise: HIIT Improves Spatial Memory. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of exercise that
involves short intervals of near-maximal effort such as sprinting or stair climbing separated by intervals of
moderate-intensity exercise, such as jogging or fast walking. A recent study found that HIIT may also improve
spatial memory to a greater degree than either endurance training or inactivity. Cerebral Cortex, May 2021
Chiropractic: 1 in 5 Adults Have Chronic Pain. Using data from the National Health Interview Survey,
researchers estimate that 20.5% of American adults experience activity-limiting pain daily or on most days,
most often in back, hip, knee, or foot. Chiropractic care is a common approach to managing chronic
musculoskeletal pain. Pain, April 2021
Mental Attitude: Life Satisfaction Linked to Reduced Risk of Pain and Disability. Researchers assessed
life satisfaction in 2,116 functionally independent older adults and found that those who rated their life
satisfaction as “high” were significantly less likely to develop disability over the following decade. The research
team posits that individuals with high life satisfaction may be more likely to engage in lifestyle behaviors
associated with a reduced risk for chronic disease and painful conditions. Age and Aging, June 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Maybe Colonoscopy After 75 Should Be Recommended? Current guidelines don’t
recommend colonoscopy after age 75, except for patients considered to be high risk for colorectal cancer.
However, an analysis of data on colon cancer cases and deaths from over 56,000 patients found that people who
had colon cancer screening after the age of 75 had a 39% lower risk of colon cancer and a 40% lower risk of
death from colon cancer, regardless of whether they had been screened at an earlier age. The findings suggest
that colonoscopy guidelines may need amending. JAMA Oncology, May 2021
Quote: “If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.” ~ William McFee
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 7-12-2021

Health Alert: Fat Around the Heart Is Deadly. According to a study that reviewed CT scans of nearly 7,000
middle-aged and older adults whom researchers monitored for 17 years, there’s an association between fat
build-up around the heart and a significant increased risk for heart failure, even in individuals who are not
considered overweight. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, May 2021
Diet: “Yo-Yo” Dieting May Mean Sleep Issues. A year-long study that included 500 women found that those
with a history of yo-yo dieting (losing and regaining 10 pounds (4.53 kg)) were more likely to experience
insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep problems. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, May 2021
Exercise: Physical Activity Lowers Risk for Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke. An analysis of data collected
from nearly 100,000 individuals found that meeting current physical activity guidelines is associated with a
substantially lower risk for both atrial fibrillation and stroke. Lead author Dr. Shaan Khurshid writes, “Our
findings supported recommendations from the European Society of Cardiology, the American Heart
Association, and the World Health Organization for 150 minutes or greater of moderate to vigorous physical
activity per week.” European Heart Journal, May 2021
Chiropractic: Too Much Phone Use Nearly Doubles Risk of Neck Pain in Young Adults. Assessments of
nearly 5,000 young adults who are part of an ongoing study found that interacting with a smartphone for seven
or more hours a day can increase the risk for neck pain by nearly 80%. Past studies have shown that excessive
device use is associated with forward head posture, which can elevate the risk for pain in the neck, shoulders,
and upper back. Doctors of chiropractic often use a combination of manual therapies and specific exercises to
address forward head posture and neck pain. Public Health, June 2021
Mental Attitude: Dogs Can Help Stressed-Out College Students. Washington State University students who
participated in a program that focused exclusively on petting and interacting with therapy dogs experienced
significant improvements with respect to both their executive function skills and capacity to manage stress.
Aera Open, May 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Get a Colonoscopy at 45, Not 50? Due to an increase in adults being diagnosed with
colon cancer at younger ages, the United States Prevention Services Task Force now recommends that all adults
get their first colonoscopy at age 45 instead of age 50. Journal of the American Medical Association, May 2021
Quote: “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
~ Leo Tolstoy
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