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Daily Health Update

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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Harris Chiropractic Clinic

664 Sango Rd.
Clarksville, TN 37043
(931) 368-1996
“It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.”
~ Diane Grant

Mental Attitude: Soldiers’ Use of Mental Health Services Up… But Not Enough. 
Despite the increased use of mental health services by American military personnel during the past decade, it’s estimated that as much as two-thirds of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression still fail to seek care.
American Journal of Public Health, July 2014

Health Alert: Asthma Medication May Suppress Growth in Children. 
Asthma inhalers appear to impede the growth rate of the children who use them. This finding comes from a systematic review of 25 trials that involved over 8,400 children with mild to moderate asthma. Investigators found that those who used inhaled corticosteroids appeared to have an average reduced growth rate of 0.5 cm per year.
The Cochrane Library, July 2014

Diet: Summer Food Safety Tips. 
Backyard barbeques, picnics, and outdoor parties are common throughout the summer, but warm weather makes food safety a lot more challenging. The Food and Drug Administration recommends the following to prevent food borne illnesses: wash your hands, do not mix raw and cooked foods, marinate in the refrigerator, cook food well, do not leave food out, and keep cold foods cold.
Food and Drug Administration, July 2014

Exercise: Going to the Gym May Improve Grades in College. 
If you’re in college and you want to raise your grade point average, it may be a good idea to start spending more time at the gym. Researchers at Michigan State University found that students who are involved in recreation sports and fitness centers have grade point averages .13 point higher their less-fit peers. Students with gym memberships are also less likely to drop out of school.
Recreational Sports Journal, April 2014

Chiropractic: Tailored Exercise Program Reduces Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. 
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of work-related disability and productivity loss in developed countries. Chiropractors are often involved in the treatment of work injuries and can also provide exercise advice to reduce further pain and disability. An investigation of a tailored physical activity program in the workplace revealed that such a program is beneficial in reducing pain and disability for neck and upper limb work injuries. The finding were based on comparing a non-exercise group with an exercise group that took part in a nine-month-long program in which pain levels, perceived disability, grip strength, and range of motion were measured at baseline and again when the program concluded.
Manual Therapies, July 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Acupuncture Helpful in Management of Menopausal Hot Flashes. 
Menopause can bring about hot flashes, which can be very uncomfortable for the women who experience them. According to a new report, acupuncture may offer menopausal women a reduction in the severity and frequency of hot flashes. Researchers are unable to explain how acupuncture helps alleviate hot flashes among menopausal women, but they hypothesize that acupuncture may trigger a reduction in the concentration of beta-endorphin. Beta-endorphin may activate the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which regulates body temperature. Dr. Margery Gass, executive director of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), adds, “More than anything, this review indicates that there is still much to be learned relative to the causes and treatments of menopausal hot flashes. The review suggests that acupuncture may be an effective alternative for reducing hot flashes, especially for those women seeking non-pharmacologic therapies.”
Menopause, July 2014

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