Mental Attitude: Sibling Fighting Linked To Mental Health Issues.
Fights between siblings (either verbal or physical) are so common they’re often dismissed as simply part of growing up. However, a new study finds that sibling aggression is associated with significantly worse mental health in children and adolescents. In some cases, the effects of sibling aggression on mental health were equal to those of peer aggression.
Pediatrics, July 2013
Health Alert: Third-hand Smoke a Danger!
Cigarette smoking has long been associated with risks to human health. Subsequent research has confirmed the dangers of second hand smoke. Now, scientists are noting the risk of environmental pollutants that persist even after the second hand smoke has cleared. These pollutants remain on the surfaces of buildings, furniture, floors, clothing, and other items exposed to smokers and are being referred to as third-hand smoke. Recent studies link DNA damage to third-hand smoke.
Mutagenesis, March 2013
Diet: Early Introduction of Solid Food Increases Type 1 Diabetes Risk.
Infants have an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes later in life if they’re started on solid food before the age of four months.
JAMA Pediatrics, July 2013
Exercise: To Lose Fat, Don’t Eat Before Workout.
Exercising on an empty stomach may not be such a bad idea. Researchers found that cyclists who trained without eating beforehand burned significantly more fat than their counterparts who ate before training.
Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, April 2010
Chiropractic: Chiropractic Adjustments Produce Immediate Changes on MRI.
Compared to acute low back pain patients who received either non-manipulative care or no treatment, MRIs of patients who received two weeks of spinal manipulation showed the most substantial improvement in spinal gapping in the facet joint (L4/5 and/or L5/S1). This supports the premise that adhesions (think internal “scar tissue” that restricts healthy joint motion) formed in these small spinal joints are released by spinal manipulation, thus restoring normal joint motion and ultimately reducing pain and improving the patient’s function.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, April 2013
Wellness/Prevention: Deadly Belly Fat.
According to Dr. Robert R. Henry, a leading endocrinologist and professor of medicine at the University of California at San Diego, belly fat is toxic to the body. Fat around the midsection secretes chemicals that spark a cascade of intricate interactions that can weaken your heart, damage your blood vessels, dampen your immunity, and inevitably, if you continue to gain weight, will shorten your life or will lessen your ability to enjoy it to the fullest.
Prevention, June 2013