Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Health Update

Mental Attitude: Men are More Forgetful than Women.
Researchers asked 37,504 men and women ages 30 and up nine questions about their memory and found that regardless of age, men tend to be more forgetful than women. The reason for this gender difference is unknown but researchers speculate that health problems that are more prevalent in men, such as high blood pressure and a high body-mass index, may trigger some forms of neurodegeneration.
BMC Psychology, October 2013

Health Alert: You're at Risk if Your Spouse Has Type 2 Diabetes. 
A review data on nearly 75,000 couples concludes that spouses of type 2 diabetics have a 26% increased risk for also developing the disease. The increase in risk may be related to lifestyle factors that couples may share such as a poor diet or lack of exercise.
BMC Medicine, January 2014

Diet: Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Build a Better Brain? 
A new study involving rhesus macaque monkeys finds that monkeys that consume a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids over the course of their lives have better developed, more connected brains. The specific omega-3 fatty acid involved in the study was docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is more commonly found in fish and oils derived from fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna.
Journal of Neuroscience, February 2014

Exercise: High-Intensity Strength Training Helps Parkinson's Patients. 
According to new research, high-intensity strength training can produce significant improvements in quality of life, mood, and motor function in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Fifteen individuals with moderate Parkinson’s disease participated in high-intensity resistance training and interval training for 16 weeks. Lead author Dr. Marcas Bamman explains that they saw expected improvements such as increased strength, muscle size, and power but also improvements in balance, muscle control, cognition, mood, and a greater sense of well-being.
Journal of Applied Physiology, January 2014

Chiropractic: Recommended for Neck Pain. 
A past study comparing manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care with a general practitioner for the treatment of neck pain came to the conclusion that manual therapy is a favorable treatment option for patients with neck pain compared with physical therapy or care by a general practitioner.
Annals of Internal Medicine, May 2002

Wellness/Prevention: Melatonin May Lower Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk. 
Risk for developing advanced prostate cancer. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland during sleep. Individuals who have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, have erratic sleep schedules, or who take sleep medications may have lower melatonin levels.
American Association for Cancer Research, January 2014