Health-E-News September 2012
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More Evidence that Exercise May Help Treat Depression
It's no surprise that upbeat, motivated people find it easier to get out and exercise. But exercise itself can actually improve mood and motivation as well, particularly for people with heart failure, a new study shows.
"This study shows that exercise is associated not only with physical health benefits, but important mental health benefits as well," lead study author James Blumenthal told reporters. The findings are published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
"It doesn't require intensive training for a marathon to derive benefits," he said. "We're talking about three, 30-minute sessions for an accumulated 90 minutes a week. And the results are significant improvements in mental health, reduced hospitalizations and fewer deaths."
This latest experiment in JAMA is not the first to test the effects of exercise on depression, either. In 1999, in fact, Blumenthal and other colleagues published results from a trial of people who suffered from major depressive disorder, without heart failure. There too, the researchers found that aerobic exercise helped to alleviate depressive symptoms somewhat - working just as well as front-line antidepressant drugs.
Overloaded backpacks causing children serious back injury, study warns
Parents should make a daily check of the how many items their school-age children stuff into their backpacks because the excess weight is causing them permanent damage.
A recent study found that about 76 per cent of the children carried backpacks exceeding 10 per cent of their body weight - "and the experts saying it should not exceed 10 per cent" - while 20 per cent carried more than 15 per cent of their body weight.
Parents should supervise the contents of backpacks of their children. Children have a tendency to collect items in their backpack, and over time these items will add to the weight of the backpack. The key is to carry only what is needed in order to avoid over loaded backpacks and spinal damage in children.
It is recommended that your child's backpack weigh no more than 10% of their body weight. Other recommendations include using a bag that has wheels so it can be pulled, and have us check your child's spine and backpack - call today for an appointment.
Chiropractor Advises NASA on Care For Astronauts
With the physical stresses astronauts experience they are five times more at risk than the average individual to suffer from disc herniation.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) addressed the heightened risk of musculoskeletal injuries threatening astronauts, and discussed its concerns during a Spinal Deconditioning Injury Risk Summit. Among experts invited to the Summit was University of South Florida's John Mayer, D.C., Ph.D.
"Deconditioning - the breakdown of the spine's musculoskeletal support system - is a very common and serious condition occurring in astronauts," says Dr. Mayer.
During the Summit, a multidisciplinary panel of experts addressed various issues including identifying impacting factors - such as microgravity exposure, flight weight and landing forces - and defining potential protection and prevention options. Going forward, NASA expects to develop and test new measures to counteract spinal deterioration in space crews, based on the panel's recommendations. "Possible options to enhance safety measures for astronauts can include everything from developing new equipment to altering spaceflight exercise procedures to new healthcare practices," says Dr. Mayer.
Dr. Mayer continues, "using effective specialized musculoskeletal care, such as Chiropractic, will effectively reduce the incidence of injuries for individuals exposed to a variety of physical demands."
Infants given antibiotics could become overweight kids
Antibiotic use in infants could later lead to an overweight childhood, according to new studies.
"Microbes in our intestines may play critical roles in how we absorb calories, and exposure to antibiotics, especially early in life, may kill off healthy bacteria that influence how we absorb nutrients into our bodies and would otherwise keep us lean."
"While we need more research to confirm our findings, this carefully conducted study suggests that antibiotics influence weight gain in humans, and especially children too," said Jan Blustein, professor of health policy at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.
Chiropractic adjustments boost your immune system, and children who receive Chiropractic care don't require as many antibiotics. Choose the safer option - Chiropractic.