WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 5-3-2021

Health Alert: Secondhand Smoke Puts Kids at Risk for Hospitalization. New research suggests that
children from smoking households are more likely to visit an urgent care center or be admitted to a hospital than
kids from smoke-free homes. Lead author Dr. Ashley Merianos notes, “Despite major progress in tobacco
control, about four in ten children remain exposed to tobacco smoke… This exposure places developing
children at higher risk for many health problems, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchiolitis
and pneumonia.” PLOS ONE, March 2021
Diet: Slow Down at Mealtime. Using data from two ongoing studies, researchers report that individuals
identified as fast eaters tend to consume more calories per meal and are more likely to gain weight over time
than slower eaters. Clinical Obesity, January 2021
Exercise: Exercise May Slow Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s Patients. Among a group of 173 patients
with early Parkinson’s disease, researchers observed that those with a sedentary lifestyle experienced a greater
decline in cognitive function over the following two years than participants who regularly exercise.
Neurology, March 2021
Chiropractic: Manipulation for Treatment of Lumbar Disk Herniation. A study that included 67 lumbar
disk herniation patients revealed that six spinal manipulative therapy treatments spread over two weeks not only
resulted in improvements in pain and function, but also in the curvature of the lumbar spine. Spinal
manipulation is the primary form of treatment utilized by doctors of chiropractic for musculoskeletal conditions
of the spine. China Journal of Orthopeadics and Traumatology, January 2021
Mental Attitude: Teens Who Are Online a Lot Are More Likely to Become Cyberbullies. A survey of 428
adolescents revealed that teenagers spend an average of seven hours a day online. Additionally, the more time a
teen is on the Internet each day, the greater the chance they will engage in cyberbullying behaviors.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, March 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Deficiency Too Common in Hip Fracture Patients. Blood tests collected
from 268 brittle hip fracture patients revealed that almost 90% were vitamin D deficient, and half of these
individuals were severely deficient. Because vitamin D is important for healthy bones, the findings suggest that
improving vitamin D status in the elderly could reduce their risk for serious hip fracture.
Orthopedic Surgery, March 2021
Quote: “May you live every day of your life.” ~ Jonathan Swift

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