WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 12-26-2022

Health Alert: Being Overweight or Obese Can Elevate Stroke Risk. According to a recent systematic review
that looked at data from 24 studies that included more than 5.7 million total participants, being overweight or
obese can increase the risk for stroke by up to 47%. Journal of Neurology, December 2022
Diet: Kids Snack More When Sleep-Deprived. Following an analysis of data from the Daily Rest, Eating and
Activity Monitoring (DREAM) study, researchers report that sleep-deprived children are more likely to
consume sugary-rich snacks than their peers who get adequate sleep. The findings offer one explanation as to
why insufficient sleep is linked to childhood obesity. International Congress on Obesity, October 2022
Exercise: Benefits of Regular Exercise. The University of Rochester Medical Center reports that exercise
provides the following benefits: improves blood circulation, blood cholesterol levels, sleep quality, and selfimage; increases vitality, muscle strength, enthusiasm, and optimism; helps manage stress and a healthy blood
pressure; aids in weight loss; fights anxiety and depression; releases tension; and prevents bone loss.
University of Rochester Medical Center, November 2022
Chiropractic: Manual Therapies Helps Patients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain. A systematic review
that included 30 randomized-controlled trials concluded that manual therapies—such as spinal manipulation,
the primary form of treatment used by doctors of chiropractic—are an effective treatment option for patients
with non-specific low back pain, or low back pain with no underlying disease or pathology, like an infection or
osteoporotic fracture. Cureus, August 2022
Mental Attitude: How Sleep Helps Create Memories That Last. Past research has demonstrated that lack of
sleep can affect the ability to form memories. In a recent study, researchers observed that as the brain cycles
between slow-wave and rapid-eye-movement sleep, the hippocampus relays events of the previous day to the
neocortex where general knowledge-type memories are stored.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Caring for a Minor Burn. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for
treating minor burns at home: hold the burned area under cold running water for five minutes to reduce pain and
swelling; never ice or rub a burn, and do not pop a blister that forms as a result of a burn; cover the area with a
clean bandage that won’t stick to the burn; gently wash the area on a regular basis with water and soap; and
avoid ointments unless recommended by your healthcare provider.
American Academy of Pediatrics, November 2022
Quote: “Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.” ~ Imre Lakatos

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