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Daily Health Update

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Harris Chiropractic Clinic

664 Sango Rd.
Clarksville, TN 37043
(931) 368-1996
“Life is like a novel. It’s filled with suspense.
You have no idea what is going to happen until you turn the page.”
~ Sidney Sheldon

Mental Attitude: Post-Concussion Light and Noise Sensitivity Linked to Emotional Problems. 
A study from the University of Kentucky in Lexington has found that teens who are sensitive to light or noise after a concussion are more likely to develop emotional symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Among a group of teenage concussion sufferers who experienced emotional symptoms, 23% were sensitive to light and 14% were sensitive to noise. On the other hand, only 13% of concussion suffers who did not experience emotional symptoms were sensitive to light and none were sensitive to noise.
American Academy of Neurology, July 2014

Health Alert: Teens Getting Too Much Screen Time. 
It appears that parents have a tough task limiting teenage TV and computer use in the age of social media. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that nearly 75% of teens watch TV or use a computer for at least two hours per day. Two national surveys also found that 15% of teens watch four or more hours of TV per day, while 12% use a computer for four or more hours each day. Previous studies have shown that excessive screen time is linked to an increased risk for behavioral problems, anxiety, insufficient sleep, depression, and obesity.
National Center for Health Statistics, July 2014

Diet: Alcohol May Not Benefit Heart Health. 
A large international study has called into question previous research that suggests light to moderate drinking may be good for the heart. The new study finds that people who drink only light to moderate portions of alcohol can improve their heart health, reduce their body mass index (BMI), and bring down their blood pressure by reducing their alcohol consumption. Study co-author Dr. Michael Holmes adds, “Contrary to what earlier reports have shown, it now appears that any exposure to alcohol has a negative impact upon heart health.”
British Medical Journal, July 2014

Exercise: Thinking of Exercise as Fun = Eating Less Later. 
Findings from two new studies suggest that if you make exercise fun, you will eat less food later. The first study found that individuals who were told they were going on an exercise walk ate 35% more food for dessert compared with those who were told they were going on a scenic walk. In a second study, adults were given an afternoon snack following their walk. Those who thought they had taken an exercise walk ate 206 more calories or 124% more than those who had taken what they thought was a scenic walk. These findings may explain why some people gain weight when exercising, as they tend to reward themselves by overeating after a workout.
Cornell Food & Brand Lab, July 2014

Chiropractic: Manipulative Therapy Helpful for Lower Extremity Conditions. 
A systematic review on manipulative therapy (MT) for lower extremity conditions found fair evidence for the use of MT for the short-term treatment of hip osteoarthritis, knee osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, ankle inversion sprains, and plantar fasciitis. The researchers also noted that evidence for the long-term treatment of these conditions is limited and further research is needed in the form of larger trials and improved methodology.
Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, February 2012

Wellness/Prevention: Talking on the Phone While Driving is Unsafe, Even if it’s Hands-Free! 
Everyone knows that driving with a cell phone in hand is dangerous. However, researchers now say that even using a hands-free method to chat is risky. The numbers are concerning, as 90% of all accidents are caused my human error and 26% are linked to cell phone use. Investigators believe the problem lay with the fact that the human brain’s ability to process images is inhibited while engaged in conversation. However, the dangers aren’t linked to conversations with passengers due to the fact that they can help scan for hazards and cease conversation when driving conditions become more dangerous.
National Safety Council, April 2014

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