Weekly Health Update.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” ~ James Branch Cabell
Mental Attitude: Cholesterol Levels Linked to Decreased Risk for Alzheimer's Disease. A new study has found that high levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and low levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol are associated with lower levels of amyloid plaque deposits in the brain. A build-up of amyloid plaque in the brain is believed to contribute to Alzheimer's disease.
Jama Neurology, December 2013
Health Alert: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cardiovascular Problems. There is concern that long-term, untreated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms may increase a person's risk of developing cardiovascular health problems. Researchers detected the presence of myocardial ischemia in 17% of the participants with PTSD but only 10% of participants without PTSD.
Biological Psychiatry, December 2013
Diet: The Essentials. Omega-3 and omega-6 fats are called essential fatty acids because we cannot manufacture them ourselves, meaning they must come from the foods we eat. These fatty acids are named for their carbon-to-carbon double bond on a carbon chain, and only plants are able to make a double bond at the third or sixth carbon position. There are no known animals that create their own omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids.
New England Journal of Medicine, June 2012
Exercise: Dementia. The Alzheimer's Association states 5.2 million Americans are affected by dementia and one in three seniors will die with some form of cognitive issue. Researchers claim dementia sufferers demonstrate improvements in cognitive functioning and their ability to perform daily activities when they engage in regular exercise.
University of Alberta in Edmonton, December 2013
Chiropractic: Asymmetric Hip Mobility and Neck Pain. Over three hundred freshmen college students underwent an examination of their hip joints and were asked whether or not they suffered from neck pain. The results showed that the young adults with asymmetrical hip mobility were nearly three times more likely to also suffer from neck pain.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, July 2013
Wellness/Prevention: Life Satisfaction? Does money bring happiness? In most developing countries, life satisfaction rises as a country's wealth increases and people are able to meet their basic needs. Once income reaches a certain level (around $36,000 USD), life satisfaction levels peak and begin to decline. Happiness dips because more money creates higher aspirations, leading to disappointment and a drop in life satisfaction if those aspirations are not met.
World Values Survey, December 2013
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