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By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 19, 2022 |

Using data from the Generation 100 Study, researchers report they have identified an associationbetween higher cardiorespiratory fitness and greater structural complexity in key areas of the brain normally affected by advancing age. Neuroimage, August 2022

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Maternal Diet Can Affect Child’s Birth Weight

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 19, 2022 |

An analysis of data collected from 260 new mothers revealed that a diet pattern characterized by a high intake of cereals and breads, coffee and tea, and processed fats is associated with an increased risk for both low and excessive birth weight for the baby. Maternal Child and Health Journal, July 2022

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Poor Sleep Can Impact a Soon-To-Be Mom’s Mental Health

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 19, 2022 |

New research suggests that nearly 30% of expectant mothers experience poor quality sleep, which can double their risk for antepartum depression, antepartum anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings suggest that steps to maintain good sleep hygiene may have a protective effect on a pregnant woman’s mental health. Maternal Child and Health Journal, July…

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Smoke Detector Management.

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 11, 2022 |

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…

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Insomnia in Midlife Can Spell Memory Issues in Retirement.

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 11, 2022 |

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…

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Recommendations for Acute Cervical Radiculopathy.

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 11, 2022 |

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,…

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Outdoor Fitness Ideas.

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 11, 2022 |

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…

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Omega-3s and Post-Surgical Recovery.

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 11, 2022 |

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

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Vaping Increases Annual Healthcare Costs.

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 11, 2022 |

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…

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Vitamin D, Sleep, and Post-Stroke Depression

By Dr. Youdeem | Jul 8, 2022 |

Following a review of health records of 223 stroke patients, researchers report that individuals with vitamin D deficiency and poor sleep who suffer a stroke have an increased risk for post-stroke depression when compared with stroke patients with good sleep hygiene and healthy vitamin D status. Journal of Affective Disorders, July 2022

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