WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 10-12-2020

Health Alert: E-Scooters Injuries Increasing Significantly. According to a new study, emergency room visits
for injuries associated with electronic scooter, or e-scooter, use doubled between 2018 and 2019. Study coauthor Dr. Eric Wagner writes, “These injuries are increasing and they aren’t benign. Many of them are
fractures, many of them are head injuries, and some of the head injuries require hospital admission, which
means that they’re very severe.” The findings suggest that increased regulations and safety education are needed
to protect e-scooter riders in light of their growing popularity in metropolitan areas.
JAMA Network Open, August 2020
Diet: Vitamin C Important for Muscles. Using data from the EPIC Norfolk Study concerning more than
13,000 older adults, researchers report that participants with a higher intake of vitamin C were better able to
retain their skeletal muscle mass as they aged than those with a diet featuring fewer vitamin C-rich foods.
Journal of Nutrition, August 2020
Exercise: Fitness Trackers May Promote Exercise Among MS Patients. New research suggests that
multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who use a fitness tracker are more likely to have relapsing-remitting MS, less
disability, higher income, and higher rates of employment than those who do not use fitness trackers.
Disability & Health Journal, July 2020
Chiropractic: Extremity Manipulation Reduces Postural Sway. In a study that included adults between 21
and 40 years of age, researchers found that the application of manipulative therapy, a form of treatment
provided by doctors of chiropractic, to the upper and lower extremities resulted in a reduction in postural sway.
Because postural sway may suggest impaired balance and an increased risk for falls, the research team
recommends replicating the study with older men and women.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, August 2020
Mental Attitude: Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy. A review of data from ten studies found
that maternal prenatal tobacco use may increase the risk for bipolar and depressive disorders in their offspring
by up to 44%. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, September 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Supplement May Benefit Some Pregnancies. For expectant mothers with
low vitamin D status, a recent literature review suggests that taking a 600 IU/day vitamin D3 supplement may
improve fetal development and reduce the risk for small-for-gestational-age, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and
gestational diabetes. Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology, October 2020
Quote: “The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.” ~ Cicero

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