Denver Chiropractic Center: Lower Injury Risk Among Elderly Who Visit Their Chiropractor.

A retrospective cohort study has revealed that the risk of injury to the head, neck, or trunk following a visit to the chiropractor is lower than following an office visit for evaluation by a primary care physician. The findings come from Medicare data on patients 66 to 99 years of age. The investigators found that the risk of injury was 40 incidents per 100,000 subjects who visited a chiropractor, as compared to 153 incidents per 100,000 subjects who received care at a medical doctor’s office. The finding supports the relative safety of chiropractic care for seniors.
Spine, December 2014

Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center

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

Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center- Weekly Health News for You

Mental Attitude: A Purpose in Life is Important for Longevity.
Having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life may do more than just give you focus, it may help you live longer. Researchers interviewed more than 9,000 older adults and found that those who professed having a sense of purpose in life were less likely to die during the eight-year study. Research leader Dr. Andrew Steptoe adds, “[There] are several biological mechanisms that may link well-being to improved health, for example through hormonal changes or reduced blood pressure. Further research is now needed to see if such changes might contribute to the links between well-being and life expectancy in older people.”
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, November 2014

Health Alert: Cigars Contain Harmful Toxins.
Many cigar smokers believe that cigars pose fewer health risks than cigarettes; however, a new report reveals that cigar smokers are exposed to high levels of cancer-causing agents, as well as other toxic substances. Investigators found that cigar smokers had higher levels of cotinine, NNAL, cadmium, and lead in their bodies than people who did not use tobacco. Lead author Dr. Jiping Chen writes, “Cigar smoking exposes users to similar types of harmful and cancer-causing agents as cigarette smoking.” This is alarming as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cigar use doubled between 2000 and 2011.
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, November 2014

Diet: Micronutrient Levels in Female College Students.
Blood samples from 308 female college students showed that nearly 44% had below-normal iron levels, 11.3% had low vitamin B12 levels, and nearly 100% had excess folate (vitamin B9) levels. It’s hoped that future research will investigate the food choices and dietary behaviors that may be most responsible for these results.
Nutrients, November 2014

Exercise: Tips to Avoid Over-Training.
Over-training or over-exercising can be counterproductive to achieving your fitness goals. Over-training usually occurs when you do not allow your body to adapt, adjust, and recuperate in response to an exercise training regimen. Signs that you are over-training include decreased performance, increased resting heart rate and blood pressure, increased muscle fatigue, poor sleep, gastro-intestinal disturbances, depression, irritability, apathy, and even low self-esteem. Dr. Adrian Shepard from Butler University suggests the following to avoid over-training: gradually work your way into exercise, ask the staff at your fitness center about how to correctly use the equipment, and ask for a fitness assessment to determine current physical health status and fitness level so appropriate exercises can be recommended and goals can be set.
Butler University, January 2010

Chiropractic: Providers Should Consider Vitamin D for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain.
Because vitamin D deficiency is very common and has been associated with a myriad of health problems, many Chiropractors recommend vitamin D supplements to their patients as part of a healthy lifestyle. For patients with chronic non-specific musculoskeletal pain, vitamin D supplementation is known to help reduce symptoms and has little-to-no documented side effects.
The Lead South Australia, November 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Epinephrine Injections Save Lives in Schools.
Epinephrine injections are given when an individual is experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction to an insect sting or food. In the United States, about 15% of school-aged children with food allergies have had an allergic reaction at school, and about one-fourth of epinephrine injections given at schools involved children who didn’t know they had an allergy. Dr. Bryan Martin, vice president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, adds, “Stocking emergency epinephrine is a medical necessity for schools in every state.”
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, November 2014

How to beat the short-day blues & this week’s 1-Page Health News. From Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center

As the days get shorter, we all start complaining about how early the sun sets. One thing that we started doing at the office is counting down the days until we hit the winter solstice, when the days start getting longer (December 21). Somehow it helps. So, by my calendar on the wall here as I’m writing this, we have 41 days to go. Hang in there.

Health Alert: No Proof Vitamin D Prevents Development of Type 2 Diabetes.
Previous research has suggested that high levels of vitamin D may protect individuals from developing type 2 diabetes; however, a new study has found no evidence that high levels of vitamin D can prevent type 2 diabetes and that the only proven way to prevent type 2 diabetes is through a combination of diet and exercise. Study author Dr. Nita Forouhi writes, “Our findings suggest that interventions to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by increasing concentrations of vitamin D are not currently justified. Observational studies that show a strong and consistent higher risk of type 2 diabetes with lower levels of vitamin D may do so because they have thus far not been able to adequately control for distorting or confounding factors, such as physical activity levels.”
The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, September 2014

Diet: Organic Foods May Offer Greater Health & Safety.
A survey of prior research concludes that organically grown foods are about 48% lower in cadmium than conventionally grown foods. Cadmium is a heavy metal that has become a major cause of vascular disorders, common cancers, osteoporosis, kidney disease, and can damage the reproductive and neurological systems. Researcher Dr. James J. DiNicolantonio adds, “For years, nutritionists and consumers have struggled with the question, ‘is organic really better?’… What analysis of this research reveals is that, due to the serious health impacts of cadmium exposure and the markedly lower levels of [cadmium] in organically grown foods, the long-term consumption of such foods is likely to be notably protective with respect to a wide range of common pathologies.”
British Journal of Nutrition, September 2014

Exercise: Exercise Less Daunting When Focused on Target.
Physiology researchers have found that having your ‘eye on the prize’ makes exercise less of a chore. They found that when walking, individuals who stay focused on a specific target ahead of them feel the distance is shorter and they walk faster towards it. Researcher Dr. Shana Cole writes, “Interventions that train people to keep their ‘eyes on the prize’ may play an important role in health and fitness. When goals appear within reach, and when people move faster and experience exercise as easier, they may be especially motivated to continue exercising. Given the alarming obesity epidemic in America, strategies that encourage or improve exercise may be particularly important for aiding the nationwide effort to combat obesity and promote healthier living.”
Motivation and Emotion, October 2014

Chiropractic: Joint Stiffness Associated with Higher Risk for Disability in Older Population.
Using data provided by 680 seniors (age > 70 years) regarding mobility limitations and joint stiffness upon waking, researchers say that morning joint stiffness more than one body site is associated with a 64% greater risk developing new or worsening mobility problems over the following 18 months. The authors of the study recommend that doctors discuss strategies for improving joint mobility with their patients to prevent or slow the progression of age-related disability.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, October 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Living Close to a Highway May Raise Your Blood Pressure.
If you have high blood pressure and you live close to a major highway, you may want to move. According to a new report, participants in a study who lived within 109 yards (~100 meters) of a busy road had a 22% higher risk for developing high blood pressure compared with those who lived at least a half a mile away (~.8 km). Further research is needed to determine if reducing exposure to traffic noise and traffic-related air pollution can reduce a nearby resident’s risk of high blood pressure.
Journal of the American Heart Association, October 2014

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Mental Attitude: Music Can Make You Feel Powerful.
Northwestern University researchers have found that individuals who listened to music with heavy bass reported higher feelings of power and formed more power-related words in a word-completion task compared with those who listened to music with less bass. Researcher Dennis Hsu writes, “Although significantly more research needs to be done before we can truly begin to understand music’s effects on our psychological experiences, I believe our findings provide initial evidence for the potential strategic use of music, especially in situations where people need to feel empowered.”
Social Psychological & Personality Science, August 2014

Health Alert: Elder Abuse Often Involves Finances.
According to researchers, many older adults have had their money or property stolen or used improperly at some point, and unfortunately, this abuse often occurs at the hands of their relatives. Older people are vulnerable to various forms of abuse, as they are often socially isolated or may be experiencing cognitive decline. Experts warn that doctors, policy makers, and caregivers need to pay more attention to this issue to prevent this form of elderly abuse.
Journal of General Internal Medicine, August 2014

Diet: Avocado Helps Vitamin A Intake.
Consuming a fresh avocado with foods like tomatoes and carrots helps the body more efficiently (from 6 to 12 times, in fact) convert the alpha and beta carotenes found in such produce into vitamin A. Finding ways to decrease vitamin A deficiency in developing countries is important, as it is the most common cause of blindness in such nations.
The Journal of Nutrition, August 2014

Exercise: Water-Based Exercise Bicycle as Good a Land-Based Exercise.
Biking, running, or walking can be difficult and painful for individuals who are overweight, have arthritis, or suffer from other joint issues. A recent study found that people who used an immersible bike in a pool experienced the same exercise-related benefits as those who used a stationary bike on dry land. Considering the number of people who find it difficult to exercise on land, the water option is very promising.
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, October 2012

Chiropractic: Whole Body Vibration Increases Back Pain Risk.
A review of twenty previously published studies regarding the relationship between whole body vibration (WBV) exposure at work and low back pain and sciatica found that employees in jobs with frequent exposure to WBV are more than twice as likely to experience localized or radiating back pain.
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, August 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Exposure to Common Antibacterials Poses Dangers to Fetus.
There is a growing body of evidence that some compounds commonly used in antibacterial soaps, such as triclosan and triclocarban, can cause reproductive and developmental problems in animals and may pose the same risk in humans. Researchers tested urine samples from pregnant women and found triclosan was present in all the samples, while triclocarban was found in 85% of the urine tests. Half of umbilical cord blood samples indicated the presence of triclosan and the presence of triclocarban was also detected but to a lesser degree, meaning that both compounds are capable of transferring from mother to child in utero.
American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, August 2014


Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center – Race Report, Labor Day Closure & the 1-Page Health News

I think it was Socrates who said, “If you’re a slow mountain biker, and you’re doing an Xterra Triathlon relay, find a fast swimmer and a fast runner, and maybe no on will notice how slow you are.”


And this past Sunday I did just that. This year’s Xterra Buffalo Creek relay featured super swimmer Keira Morrell, super runner Kacee Reinisch on the run. And me. On the bike.


They were fast, I was slow (but I was almost 7 minutes faster than last year) and let’s just say we didn’t take first place. But we weren’t last either.


Happy to have the 20 mile Mountain Bike ride behind me


As always, Kacee makes the run look easy.

Mental Attitude: Older Adults Sharper in the Morning.
Using functional MRI to monitor brain activity, Canadian researchers have found the minds of older adults to be sharpest in the morning. This findings suggests that the early hours may be the best time for older adults to schedule their most mentally challenging tasks such as doing taxes, taking a driver’s license renewal test, trying a new recipe, or seeing their doctor about a health problem.
Psychology and Aging, August 2014

Health Alert: Emergency Room Closures Affect Surrounding Communities and Patients.
In a first-of-a-kind analysis, researchers have shown that emergency department closures can have a detrimental effect on patient outcomes at nearby hospitals. The researchers found that patients who were admitted to facilities located in the vicinity of an emergency department (ED) that had recently closed experienced a 5% higher risk of dying than patients admitted to hospitals that were not located near a recently closed ED. The risks of dying were even greater for patients with certain conditions such as heart attack (15% higher), stroke (10%) and sepsis (8%). Senior author Dr. Renee Y. Hsia adds, “These results suggest that health systems and policy makers should consider the ripple effect on communities when they regulate ED closures.”
Health Affairs, August 2014

Diet: School Vending-Machine Bans May Not Curb Sugary Drink Consumption.
Experts have found that banning vending machines from schools does not appear to decrease a student’s likelihood of drinking soft drinks during the day if that was the only school food policy change implemented. However, the authors of the study note that a decrease in soda consumption has been observed when schools that ban vending machines also ban the sales of soft drinks in other locations around the school, such as the cafeteria and student store.
PLOS ONE, August 2014

Exercise: Heat Stroke is a Greater Risk for Endurance Runners than a Surprise Heart Condition.
A new study has found that endurance runners are far more likely — ten times more likely, in fact — to die of heat stroke than an unknown heart condition. Senior study author Dr. Sami Viskin explains, “It’s important that clinicians educate runners on the ways to minimize their risk of heat stroke, including allowing 10 to 14 days to adjust to a warm climate, discouraging running if a person is ill or was recently ill, because a pre-existing fever impairs the body’s ability to dissipate additional heat stress, and developing better methods of monitoring body core temperature during physical activity.”
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, July 2014

Chiropractic: Loss of Neck Curve = Neck Pain.
A curvature of the neck of about 31-40 degrees is considered clinically normal. By comparing cervical x-rays of 277 individuals, researches observed that those whose neck curve was 20 degrees or less were more likely to experience neck pain. In fact, those with no curve left in their neck were 18 times more likely to have a cervical complaint than those with neck curvature considered clinically normal. Restoring and maintaining this curvature is a common long-term goal of Chiropractic care.
Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, March 2005


This weekend, we’ll closed on Friday the 29th (go Buffs!) and Monday September 1. We’ll be back on Tuesday September 2nd. Don’t forget, if you need us, call us 303.300.0424 or reply to this email. Thanks for reading!


Dr. Glenn Hyman, Natalie Aceves & Kacee Reinisch

Back to school (pic), Kacee’s Pikes Peak Marathon Race report (pic) AND this week’s 1-Page Health News

Hi Glenn,


Well, Cherry Creek Schools started the 2014-2015 school today (Monday), and my kids were happy to get back to their friends. Where did the summer go so quickly???


Zach, Andrew, and Jason: ready to learn

 Kacee’s Pikes Peak Marathon Race Report:


Kacee on her way to the finish


“Race day came and went and I’m still walking…however very tired!

This was my 3rd year doing the Pikes Peak Marathon and I knew I wanted to finish with a PR.  Doubts crept in the week leading up, over the weekend and at the start.  I knew I could finish because I had done the marathon the 2 years prior, but I started thinking about what parts of my training I definitely didn’t pay as much attention to.

The first 10 miles of the race, I was surprised at how good I was feeling.  That feeling soon ended around mile 11.  The air was getting thinner and my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest.  I rested on a few boulders as I (literally) inched my way to the top and took a few deep breaths to get myself somewhat back to a normal breathing pattern.  When I reached the top, the tears came, I took a deep breath, turned around and headed back down.

The turn around is my favorite part and I very much enjoy the downhill run.  Body wise I was feeling strong again which was a plus as the downhill brings about major falls for some racers.  I saw 3 people go down and one finished with a sprained ankle and dislocated shoulder.   

I finished under my goal time and am ready for next year!  If you’ve ever even entertained the idea of doing the ascent or the full at Pikes Peak, I highly recommend it.  It’s unlike any marathon and it will change you as a person and athlete.”


This week’s 1-Page Health News…


Diet: Your Child May Be Consuming Too Many Vitamins & Minerals.
The Environmental Working Group believes that fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals is placing children in danger. The report summarizes how millions of American children under eight years of age are getting too much vitamin A, zinc, and niacin from fortified food products and supplements. The problem is the result of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines on voluntary food supplementation (last updated 34 years ago) that do not take current scientific evidence into account. The report recommends that until the FDA makes the Daily Values on food labels reflect up-to-date science and show values for children, parents should limit their child’s intake of fortified food to no more than 20-25% of the adult Daily Value for vitamin A, zinc, and niacin.
Environmental Working Group Report, June 2014

Exercise: Exercise May Benefit Pregnant Women with High Blood Pressure.
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, are the most common and dangerous pregnancy complications, occurring in 5-8% of pregnancies. An animal study revealed that placental ischemia-induced hypertension in rats was alleviated by exercise. Researcher Jeff Gilbert explains, “The data from our study raise the possibility that exercise regimens, if started before pregnancy and maintained through most of gestation, may be an important way for women to mitigate the risk of preeclampsia.”
Journal of the American Heart Association, December 2012

Chiropractic: Back Pain Patients Have Less Flexible Hamstrings.
Evaluations of 72 patients with low back pain indicate a possible relationship between mechanical back pain and hamstring tightness. Researchers found that patients with more severe back pain had tighter hamstrings than patients with more mild or moderate pain. They recommend this data be considered when designing both prevention strategies and rehabilitation protocols for low back pain.
Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, June 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Breast Cancer Detection Rate Improves with New Screening Technique.
Adding a 3D imaging technique called tomosynthesis to digital mammography appears to result in both a reduction in the number of patients being called back for additional testing and an increase in breast cancer detection rates. Digital tomosynthesis takes multiple X-ray pictures from different angles. The breast is positioned as it is for a conventional mammogram, but less pressure is applied. Instead of a single image with conventional mammograms, this technique offers a 3D image for a better evaluation of the breast. Dr. Sarah M. Friedewald writes, “The association with fewer unnecessary tests and biopsies, with a simultaneous increase in cancer detection rates, would support the potential benefits of tomosynthesis as a tool for screening. However, assessment for a benefit in clinical outcomes is needed.”
JAMA, June 2014

Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center: Kacee, Pikes Peak & the “Brettzle Stretch”

This week Kacee is getting ready to run the full Pikes Peak Marathon this coming Sunday. This sounds like a brutal marathon with 7000 ft over the first 13.1 miles followed by 7000 ft of descending over the next 13.1 miles. Go Kacee!


This week’s video shows you how to open up your chest and thoracic spine so you can breathe better. Seems like a good thing to get better at – breathing. Right? Just click on the video below, and you’ll be magically transported to our youtube channel where the video will play.


One more thing: we’re back in the office on Fridays starting this week, so if you need to see us, call us @ 303.300.0424

How I spent my Sunday at Ironman Boulder and this week’s 1-Page Health News

by Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center:

My oldest son Andrew and I spent this Sunday volunteering at the Ironman Triathlon. We were a part of my triathlon club, Altitude Multisport Club’s aid station on the bike. Andrew and I were sent down the road to warn athletes on the bike about bumps on the railroad tracks. We had a great time yelling “Bump ahead!” for hours on end. Congratulations to our many patients who did the race!


Andrew and I out on the course.

And here’s the 1-Page Health News.

Exercise: Cardio & Motor Fitness Skills Improve Academic Performance.
Most would agree that being physically active during childhood offers many benefits to mental and physical health. A new study indicates that cardiorespiratory capacity and motor ability have a strong influence on brain health and academic performance. The study involved 2,038 children and collected data on physical fitness, body composition, and academic performance. The findings suggest that efforts should be made to promote physical activity that encourages children to exercise aerobically and engage in motor tasks that develop physical speed, agility, and coordination.
The Journal of Pediatrics, June 2014

Chiropractic: Farming is Hard on the Body.
Agricultural workers often compromise their musculoskeletal health due to ergonomic risks associated with their jobs. Using a sample of data from the National Health Interview Survey that’s believed to represent the two-million agricultural workers in the United States, researchers estimate that 24% of farm workers experienced back pain and 10.5% experienced neck pain during the previous 90 days.
Journal of Agromedicine, June 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Cocoa Extract Could Prevent Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is predicted to affect nearly 16 million Americans by 2050. Researchers are hopeful that cocoa extract could be a possible preventative treatment. Lavado, an extract from cocoa, may reduce or block damage to nerve pathways in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, thus reducing symptoms such as cognitive decline. According to the researchers, lavado cocoa extract could pave the way for new treatments, but further studies are needed to better understand how the extract works in the human brain.
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, June 2014

Exercise: Bicycling Leads to Good Feelings.
Compared with all modes of transportation, people who ride their bicycles are the happiest, followed by automobile passengers and drivers.
Transportation, May 2014

Chiropractic: Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain.
Among Brazil’s urban cleaning workers (drivers, trash collectors, maintenance workers, etc.), musculoskeletal pain — and low back pain in particular — is a major public health issue. Researchers interviewed 657 workers and found that 37% have experienced back pain lasting more than one week during the previous year, and of that group, 62.8% experienced back pain within the last seven days. Workers who described bending over and twisting as part of their job functions were much more likely to experience pain in one or more anatomical regions, as were workers who frequently worked overtime. Of note, workers who performed more dynamic and fewer repetitive movements on the job were less likely to experience back pain.
Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology, March 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Elevated Blood Pressure Number Determines Risks.
New research points to the type of heart risk individuals face based on which number of their blood pressure reading is high. Researchers found that an elevated systolic blood pressure (top number) was associated with an increased risk of bleeding strokes and stable angina while those with a higher diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) were more likely to be diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Lead investigator Dr. Eleni Rapsomaniki writes, “Our estimates provide vital new information that can be used to improve patient counseling and decision-making for people with hypertension, which are currently based mainly on the risks of heart attack and stroke, and will help to focus guidelines and doctors to the cardiovascular conditions that might be more common, and in which screening and treatments are more likely to have an effect.”
The Lancet, May 2014

Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Denver Chiropractic Center: Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain.

Among Brazil’s urban cleaning workers (drivers, trash collectors, maintenance workers, etc.), musculoskeletal pain — and low back pain in particular — is a major public health issue. Researchers interviewed 657 workers and found that 37% have experienced back pain lasting more than one week during the previous year, and of that group, 62.8% experienced back pain within the last seven days. Workers who described bending over and twisting as part of their job functions were much more likely to experience pain in one or more anatomical regions, as were workers who frequently worked overtime. Of note, workers who performed more dynamic and fewer repetitive movements on the job were less likely to experience back pain.
Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology, March 2014