WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 7-11-2022

Health Alert: Vaping Increases Annual Healthcare Costs. The University of California, San Francisco School of
Nursing reports that annual healthcare costs for vape users are more than $2,000 higher than non-tobacco users. Lead
study author Dr. Yingning Wang writes, “Healthcare costs attributable to e-cigarette use are already greater than our
estimates of healthcare costs attributable to cigar and smokeless tobacco use…This is a concerning finding, given
that e-cigarettes are a relatively new product whose impact is likely to increase over time.”
Tobacco Control, May 2022
Diet: Omega-3s and Post-Surgical Recovery. A systematic review that included ten studies found that for
gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients undergoing surgery, a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with
less inflammation following surgery and a shorter hospital stay. Food Chemistry, Molecular Sciences, March 2022
Exercise: Outdoor Fitness Ideas. Experts from the American Fitness Professionals and Associates list the
following ways to get fit outside during summer: try paddleboarding, go hiking, take a bike ride, play beach
volleyball, go trail running, do some high-intensity interval training at the track, try outdoor yoga, strength train at
the park with body weight exercises, go swimming, or join an outdoor fitness class.
American Fitness Professionals and Associates, May 2022
Chiropractic: Recommendations for Acute Cervical Radiculopathy. An expert panel concluded that because the
risk-benefit ratio for surgery is less favorable for cervical radiculopathy, conservative treatment options (like
chiropractic care) should be the initial treatment approach for the condition. The panel recommends patient
education, spinal manipulative therapy, and foraminal opening exercises in the acute stage; individualized physical
activity including supervised motor control, specific exercises, and/or neurodynamic mobilization in the subacute
stage; and general aerobic exercise, focused strength training, and postural and ergonomic education in the chronic
stage. Physical Therapy, May 2022
Mental Attitude: Insomnia in Midlife Can Spell Memory Issues in Retirement. University of Helsinki
researchers report that individuals with long-term insomnia symptoms in midlife are more likely to experience
difficulties with memory, learning, and concentration during old age. Researcher Dr. Tea Lallukka adds, “Based on
our findings, early intervention tackling insomnia symptoms, or measures aimed at improving the quality of sleep
would be justified.” Journal of Aging and Health, May 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Smoke Detector Management. The American Red Cross offers the following tips for
installing smoke detectors in the home: mount smoke alarms throughout the house, including bedrooms, and
hallways outside bedrooms; make sure children know what a smoke detector sounds like and what to do if they hear
one; perform monthly tests on the alarms; change batteries annually; replace smoke detectors every ten years; and
never turn off a smoke detector. American Red Cross, May 2022
Quote: “Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~ Horace

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