Ads for Healthy Eating Work on Kids.

New research suggests that if children are exposed to advertising that promotes healthy eating, they are more likely to meet daily recommendations for fruit, vegetable, and whole grain intake. Appetite, January 2022

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Higher Heart Rate Linked to Greater Risk of Dementia.

New research suggests that older adults with a resting heart rate above 80 beats per minute (bpm) have a 55% higher risk for developing dementia over the following twelve years than seniors with a resting heart rate between 60 to 69 bpm. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, December 2021

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Exercising During Mid-Life May Pay Dividends Later.

Examinations of physically active middle-aged adults revealed they had more elastic arteries than their sedentary peers and the flexibility of their arteries was comparable to those of physically active young adults. The findings are important because arterial stiffness is linked to a greater risk of stroke and dementia risk later in life. Journal of Applied…

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Magnesium Is Important.

Magnesium is vital for regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and for making protein, bone, and DNA. The current research suggests that most American adults do not consume adequate amounts of magnesium in their diet. Dietary sources of magnesium include legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fortified breakfast cereals…

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Air Pollution Increases Gestational Diabetes Risk.

Using data from the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study, researchers report that increased exposure to air pollutants in the six months before pregnancy and during the first trimester elevate the risk for gestational diabetes mellitus by as much as 30%. Environmental Research, March 2022

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Suicidal Thoughts More Common Among Nurses.

Questionnaires completed by 7,000 nurses and 5,200 members of the general workforce revealed that 5.5% of nursing professionals had suicidal thoughts in the last year compared with 4.3% of the overall working adult population. The researchers add that the nurses with suicidal thoughts were also less likely to seek professional help. American Journal of Nursing,…

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Chiropractic Adjustments Are Effective for Acute Neck Pain.

A systematic review of data from six studies concluded that spinal manipulative therapy—the primary form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic—is an effective treatment for acute neck pain whether delivered alone or in combination with other therapies. Journal of Clinical Medicine, October 2021

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Exercise May Benefit Rectal Cancer Patients During Treatment.

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. In a recent study, researchers observed that rectal cancer patients who participated in an HIIT exercise program whileundergoing chemoradiation therapy were…

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