We hope all of you had a great holiday week. We’ll be back in the office Monday morning and look forward to catching up with all of you.
If something’s been bugging you, give us a call 303.300.0424 (phones will open at 9am), or simply reply to this email to get straight to Natalie’s desk. She’ll get back to you Monday morning. This is going to be another shortened week in our office because of New Year’s festivities, so don’t procrastinate ;).
Be on the lookout for a letter from Baby New Year with a special gift in your mailbox in the next few days.
Chiropractic: Chronic Pain Reduces Independence Among Seniors.
Compared with older adults who are pain-free, seniors with chronic musculoskeletal pain are more likely to have reduced mobility and a greater risk of falling down. Unfortunately, half of the elderly recruited for this study suffered from chronic musculoskeletal pain. (Note- the whole idea of chiropractic care is to take care of your spine and muscles regularly to prevent chronic pain and loss of mobility when you’re older. You’ll be hearing much more about this in 2015 as our goal is to keep you, our patients, healthy and moving throughout your long, healthy, happy lives!)
Pain Practice, December 2014
Mental Attitude: Belonging to Social Groups is Good for Mental Health.
A new report finds that having a strong identification with a social group can help protect against a person from mental illness. Researchers assessed nearly 3,000 individuals’ identification with family, local community, and social groups. They found that subjectively identifying with at least one social group seems to shield individuals from depression.
Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology in Glasgow, December 2014
Health Alert: Common Cholesterol Drug Might Raise Risk for Cataracts.
Canadian researchers say their new study indicates that taking a statin medication to lower cholesterol may elevate an individual’s risk of developing cataracts. More specifically, they found that those who took statins for at least a year had about a 27% increased risk of developing cataracts that required surgery compared with people who did not take statins. Lead researcher Dr. G.B. Mancini explains that this study does not prove that statins cause cataracts and that clinical trials are needed to support or refute this association.
Canadian Journal of Cardiology, December 2014
Diet: Red Wine Ingredient Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects.
Resvertrol, a natural substance found in red wine, appears to activate a protein in the body that helps mediate inflammation. Researcher Dr. Andrea Pautz adds, “We now know more precisely how resveratrol inhibits the formation of the inflammatory factors that trigger cardiovascular diseases. This is an important finding in view of the fact that more recent research has shown that cardiovascular diseases are significantly promoted by inflammatory processes in the body.”
Nucleic Acids Research, December 2014
Exercise: Running May Lower Alzheimer’s Death Risk.
New research suggests that running 15 miles (~ 24 km) a week may reduce an individual’s risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease. The study followed more than 153,000 runners and walkers for an average of almost 12 years. The results indicate that those who ran more than 15.3 miles (~ 24.6 km) a week had a 40% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease-related mortality. The researchers note that walking can produce a similar protective effect if an individual walks an average of about 30 miles (~ 48 km) per week.
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, November 2014
Chiropractic: Back Pain Affects Dentists Too!
Interviews with nearly 400 Brazilian Dentists reveal that back pain is a fairly common complaint among those in the profession, affecting 58.4% of those questioned. The researchers found the following characteristics are associated with musculoskeletal pain complaints among dentists: awkward posture at work, prolonged standing or sitting, strenuous position of the upper limbs, excessive tightening of the hands during clinical treatment, and the use of vibrating tools.
Applied Ergonomics, September 2014
Wellness/Prevention: Be a Smart Patient.
Playing an active role in your health is very important when scheduling a procedure at the doctor’s office or hospital. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions: ask questions or tell your doctor you need more information, share complete medical and family history, keep a record of all medications and vitamin supplements, and talk to your provider about learning more about your condition or surgery.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, December 2014