Kids Who Eat Mediterranean Diet Less Likely to Be Obese

Kids Who Eat Mediterranean Diet Less Likely to Be Obese

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Kids Who Eat Mediterranean Diet Less Likely to Be ObeseAs parents, we want nothing more for our children than for them to be healthy and strong. This requires that they maintain a healthy weight as they are just as prone to weight-related conditions as adults (such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure). According to information presented at the European Congress on Obesity, the Mediterranean diet may be just the medium to get and keep them there.
The study included children from eight different countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. Parents were questioned about what their children ate (looking for 43 foods in particular) and how much they ate. Each child was given a score based on their adherence to a diet typical of Mediterranean food items. Researchers also evaluated children's height, weight, the size of their waist, and their body fat percentage.

Researchers found is that children who ate a diet high in Mediterranean foods (which involves consuming foods such as fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits) had a 15% lower obesity rate than children who didn't. This was true regardless of whether they were boys or girls and their age and socioeconomic status didn't appear to be factors either.

This study suggests that feeding our children more nuts, fruits, and vegetables -- rather than packaged and processed foods -- will help them get to and stay at a healthy weight. That will give them the best chance at living longer, higher quality lives.

Combine this type of diet with regular chiropractic care plus exercise, and your child will be as healthy and as active as he or she can be without increasing their risk of injury or illness. That's better than any material gift you could ever give them.

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Reference
University of Gothenburg, The Sahlgrenska Academy, News Release, June 10, 2014.
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Exercise After Whiplash: Don’t Do It Alone

Exercise After Whiplash: Don't Do It Alone

Posted in Auto Injury NewsExerciseneck painwhiplash
Woman with whiplash stretching- Auto Injury NewsCountless studies have pointed to the benefits of exercise for recovering from spinal injuries like whiplash. But is staying physically active enough to combat minor auto injuries? A new study sought to answer that question by comparing general exercise to therapist-led interventions for whiplash.

The study included 216 patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders. Participants were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: physiotherapist-led neck exercises; behavioral interventions plus physiotherapist-led neck exercises; or a generalized exercise program.

Researchers discovered that specific neck exercises led by a trained therapist increased patients' odds of recovery. After six months, 39-44% of patients in the specific exercise groups had a significant reduction in pain, compared to 28% in the generalized exercise group. Adding a behavioral intervention to the neck exercises did not appear to make a significant difference in this study.

What this means is that auto injury patients do indeed benefit from the skills of a medical professional trained in exercise treatments, such as a physiotherapist or a chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic can also use spinal manipulation to enhance exercise therapies. The study also demonstrates that even patients with chronic pain can improve with targeted interventions. Contact a chiropractor to discover how these non-invasive therapies can expedite rehabilitation after an auto accident.

Reference
Ludvigsson ML. The effect of neck-specific exercise with, or without a behavioral approach, on pain, disability and self-efficacy in chronic whiplash-associated disorders: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical Journal of Pain 2014.

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Wanna Prevent Sports Injuries? Pump Some Iron

Wanna Prevent Sports Injuries? Pump Some Iron

Posted in Exercisesports injuryweight lifting
weightliftingWe all know exercise is essential but a new study suggests that exercise is even more imperative for athletes who want to reduce their time sitting on the sidelines with an injury.

Researchers discovered that athletes who regularly do strength training have a lower risk of acute and overuse sports injuries. Additionally, people who participated in all three exercise methods studied (stretching, strength training, and proprioception training) suffered from lower incidences of sports injuries as well. Stretching on its own did not yield any measurable benefits for injury prevention in the studies,something that has been observed in earlier research.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analyzed results from 25 different trials involving 26,000 individuals. Of that sample, 3,364 reported at least one sports injury. Researchers looked at three distinct areas of physical training: stretching, strength training, and proprioception training. The latter involves teaching your body to respond physically without looking at it, such as when you hit a baseball without watching your hands hold the bat.

Interpreting the Results

This study suggests that athletes will lower their risk of sports-related injuries when they engage in a regular exercise program that involves strength training, stretching, and proprioception training. Although cardiovascular training was not assessed, numerous other studies have found benefits of this type of exercise as well.

Exercise shouldn't be your only guard against injury. Chiropractic care is an important part of injury prevention as it helps keep your muscles and bones aligned and strong. So, get your exercise and participate in regular chiropractic visits, and you will be more likely keep yourself in the game!
 
Reference
Lauersen J. B., et al. The Effectiveness of Exercise Interventions to Prevent Sports Injuries. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014;48(11):871-877.
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Headaches May Signal Serious Conditions in Pregnancy

Headaches May Signal Serious Conditions in Pregnancy

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Risks of Narcotics in PregnancyAs if raging hormones and growing pains weren't enough, most pregnant women struggle with at least one bad headache or two. But a recent study from The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist suggests that not all headaches are created equal. In fact, some of them can even be signs of rare, serious conditions that require further medical treatment.

The literature review revealed that neurological issues are the third leading cause of maternal deaths in the U.K. Further, expecting mothers who suffer from regular migraine-type headaches have double the risk of developing a condition called preeclampsia, which is characterized as having dangerously high blood pressure and, in some cases, fluid retention and proteinuria (which may signal kidney damage).

Additionally, pregnant women who are classified as obese are at risk of a rare condition called idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which is when pressure increases in the skull, causing a headache and, if untreated, even possibly death.

A third cause of pregnancy-related headaches is a condition called cerebral venous thrombosis, or CVT. This involves having a blood clot in the venous sinuses which brings about symptoms such as head pain and vomiting, and can be brought about by a caesarean delivery, infection, or anemia.
For these reasons, it is important for pregnant women to report any headache-related issues to her obstetrician or gynecologist to rule out any serious issues. It is also imperative that chiropractors and other health professionals recognize that head pain in expecting mothers can be a sign of a more serious condition and urge her to seek testing and evaluation to ensure that this is not the case.

However, if the headaches are caused simply by stress, hormones, muscle contractions or nerve impingement, a chiropractor can help alleviate some of the pain through soothing and restoring manipulations. This allows proper blood flow to get to all areas of your body and creates a pregnancy that is full of joy and excitement not pain and discomfort.

Previous research has demonstrated that chiropractic is effective for migraines and cervicogenic headaches.

Reference
Revell K and Morrish P. Headachesin pregnancy. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2014; DOI: 10.1111/tog.12101 
Rarer causes of headaches in pregnancy need to be considered by health-care professionals. Medical News Today. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/277310.php#references.

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Teenagers: They’re in more pain than you think

Teenagers: They're in more pain than you think

Posted in adolescentsback painBack Pain NewsheadacheHeadache Newspediatric health,teenagerteens


teen-with-headache-2Although the analogy of "aches and pains" is often used to describe growing older, some researchers from Australia wondered how prevalent these types of issues are in adolescents. Shockingly, what they found is that our children may be in more pain than we realize.

For purposes of this study, researchers reviewed a health survey of 404,000 school-aged children between nine and 17 years old. Boys and girls were asked about their experience with headaches, stomach aches, and/or back pain at regular intervals during the course of the previous six months.

The Pain-Filled Results
The results showed that more than half of these youngsters experienced regular headaches (54.1%) with a slightly smaller amount (49.8%) reporting that they had stomach pain. Back pain came in last, but the rate of kids suffering with this type of issue was still high, with 37% of them reporting some sort of pain or discomfort.

What is worse is that a lot of the children had more than one type of pain that they were contending with. For example, 31% had both headaches and stomach aches, 12.1% were dealing with headaches and backaches, and a whopping 35.7% reported experiencing all three types of pain!

The Pain-Free Solution
Chiropractic care can help children and adolescents live a pain-free life by correcting any spinal issues that may be causing them the discomfort that they are obviously feeling at alarmingly high rates. And, the best part is that it doesn't involve the use of potentially harmful drugs, so it is a completely natural solution without negative side effects.

Making our children pain-free should be our ultimate goal, now that we realize that it is a greater issue than we once thought.
 
Reference
Swain M, et al. An international survey of pain in adolescents. BioMed Public Health 14:447. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-447.
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New Relationship Found Between Antibiotics and Asthma

New Relationship Found Between Antibiotics and Asthma

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Asthma and Antibiotic StudyA new study suggests infants prescribed antibiotics have a higher risk of developing asthma later in childhood. However, the findings suggest that these children may have a specific genetic variation that increases their risk of asthma, rather than the antibiotics themselves causing the disorder.

Researchers from Manchester, London studied over 1,000 children from birth to age 11. They found that children with severe asthma at age 11 were more likely to have been given antibiotics before they were one year old. These children were also twice as likely to have severe wheezing problems or be hospitalized for asthma, compared to children not given antibiotics before the age of one.

But the scientists kept uncovering additional facts in this study. They tested their levels of cytokines (messenger molecules that stimulate the immune system to begin fighting against infection from viruses). The children with the severe asthma and wheezing had low levels of these cytokines, implying they may have already immune-deficient prior to receiving the antibiotics.

This may seem like the scientists were splitting hairs, but actually, it's a pretty important discovery one that could let the antibiotics off the hook for 'causing' asthma.

Looking even deeper into the subject, the scientists then went to the genetic level and found altered two genes located at 17q21 in the children. This means it's possible that the infants were either born with the genetic variations that made them more susceptible in the first place or something caused those genes to be different during their life.

Of course, more studies have to be done to find the true cause... but from the chiropractic point of view, there are a couple of things to note and speculate about.

First of all, chiropractic spinal manipulation has been found to be beneficial for immunity; studies have found that chiropractic adjustments decrease  pro-inflammatory cytokines and an increase in antibodies involved in the immune response. In an ideal world where children received chiropractic care from an early age, it's possible that the asthma study results might be different. Perhaps the risk of the children developing viral infections and needing the antibiotics in the first place would be lower. The one way to find out would be to run the same study again and add a separate group of children those who were also receiving chiropractic care.

Secondly, chiropractors are always concerned about nutrition. New studies on vitamin D in the last decade have even found that some babies have deficient levels of the vitamin. A vitamin D deficiency clearly is linked to lower immunity. While the researchers are testing the additional group of children for chiropractic care, they could also be testing everyone in the study for vitamin D levels. It's possible that both nutrition and chiropractic matter more than anything else in this puzzle of immunity.

Once scientists begin using lateral thinking skills to comprehend more of the big picture in health instead of only a few variables, we will make greater progress in leaps and bounds. And that's when the world of health will truly change. In the meantime, discuss your child's immune system with your chiropractor.

Some recent case studies have suggests that chiropractic has benefited some children with asthma.
 
Reference
Semic-Jusufagic, A., et al. Assessing the association of early life antibiotic prescription with asthma exacerbations, impaired antiviral immunity, and genetic variants in 17q21: a population-based birth cohort study. Lancet Respir Med 2014 May 14. (epub ahead of print)

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Study Seeks to Treat Back Pain and Depression Together

Study Seeks to Treat Back Pain and Depression Together

Posted in back painBack Pain Newsdepressionolder adultseniors
Depression and Back Pain in Seniors StudyBack pain and depression are often intertwined, and unfortunately tend to increase as we age. This has prompted some top researchers to find a way to treat both in our nation's seniors, hopefully creating a multi-level approach which results in a higher quality of life.

About ADAPT
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry has partnered with the National Institute of Aging to better understand and treat older individuals who have both low back pain and depression. They have called this partnership the ADAPT study, which stands for Addressing Depression and Pain Together, and its number one goal is to help reduce the incidences of both of these life-altering conditions in people who are 60 years of age and older.

Researchers have broken this 20-week study into two stages, the first of which involves taking 150 mg per day of venlafaxine, which is a prescription medication designed to treat both depression and lower back pain. Individuals that don't experience relief with this medication alone are progressed to stage two in which they are put in one of two groups. Both groups are given a higher dose of venlafaxine, but  one receives problem solving therapy along with the medication.

A lot of participants are reportedly finding that they are experiencing relief in the first stage of the study, but it is too soon to report what the second stage individuals are finding as a result of the increased meds and therapy. Unfortunately, taking additional medications isn't always the best options for every senior because they may already be taking other medications or can't tolerate the side effects of antidepressants or common painkillers. For seniors searching for natural relief of their back pain, chiropractic could be the answer.

Chiropractic Care Benefits for Seniors
Our backs get the brunt of our life experiences, whether from having a physically active or sedentary life. That can take a heavy toll on the spine, causing not only pain but potential disruptions to the central nervous system functioning. The spinal column forms a direct pathway of the communication from the brain to the rest of the body through the spinal nerves. This means that it has the ability to not only cause us pain when it is impinged or out of place, but it may also affects everything from our circulation to our digestion to our immunity.
Engage in regular chiropractic care and you'll feel well enough to participate in all that life has to offer well into your golden years. There's a reason why chiropractic is a popular choice for seniors with back pain. This is what you've worked for, so do what you need to enjoy it!
 
Reference
ADAPT Website. http://www.wpic.pitt.edu/research/adapt/theStudy.htm. Accessed May 19, 2014.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain


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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.