Thursday, January 10, 2019


Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Mental Attitude: Joy of Giving Lasts Longer Than That of Getting. The happiness we feel after a particular event typically diminishes each time we experience that event, but two new studies suggest that giving to others may be the exception to the rule. In the studies, researchers found that participants' happiness did not decline, or declined much slower, when they repeatedly bestowed gifts on others compared to repeatedly receiving the same gifts themselves. Psychological Science, December 2018

Health Alert: Mid-Life Exercise and Stroke Risk… According to a new study, the fitness decisions you make in middle age can dramatically affect your stroke risk later in life. In the study, researchers measured the fitness levels of over 2,000 middle-aged adults in the early 1970s and again seven years later. They discovered that compared with participants who became unfit over time, those who stayed in shape or started exercising were about 60% less likely to suffer a stroke over the next 35 years. Stroke, December 2018

Diet: Fish Oil Consumption May Not Increase Bleeding Risk During Surgery. Surgeons generally advise patients to reduce their omega-3 fatty acid intake before undergoing a procedure in order to reduce the risk of bleeding. However, a new surgery that involved 1,516 patients found that those given a fish oil supplement in the five days preceding a major heart operation had a lower risk of serious bleeding, and for those who did require a transfusion, less blood was needed. The researchers conclude, “These novel findings support the need for reconsideration of current recommendations to stop fish oil or delay procedures before cardiac surgery.” Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, November 2018

Exercise: Walking May Benefit an Aging Brain. In a new study, researchers observed that older adults who engaged in walking or another form of moderate exercise for 35 minutes a day three times a week for six months experienced significant improvements with respect to their executive function skills. Neurology, December 2018

Chiropractic: Lumbar MRI Often Unnecessary. Lower back pain is a significant health problem worldwide, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is commonly used to aid in diagnosis, but a chart review of 313 patients revealed that 41.5% of MRIs were unnecessary based on clinical guidelines. The finding suggests that physician training is needed to reduce unnecessary imaging and expenditures. Neurospine, October 2018

Wellness/Prevention: Higher Beta-Carotene Levels May Promote Longevity… The results of a 30-year study involving over 29,000 men suggest that individuals with higher beta-carotene serum levels may have a significantly reduced risk for death from cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, and diabetes mellitus. The most common source of beta-carotene in the American diet is carrots; however, other dietary sources of beta-carotene include sweet potatoes, butternut squash, dark leafy greens, broccoli, red bell peppers, cantaloupe, lettuce, peas, and apricots. Circulation Research, December 2018

Quote: “Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ~ Mary Tyler Moore

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