Neck Pain And Shoulder Pain Treatment Benefit Migraine Patients…
A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot in the tissue surrounding a muscle that many people commonly refer to as a “knot.” In this study, researchers treated trigger points in the neck and shoulder region of twenty young adults who suffer from migraine headaches. The results showed that the participants experienced improvements in migraine frequency and intensity, which supports the theory that dysfunction in the neck or upper back may play some role in the migraine headache process.
European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, August 2016
As demonstrated by the above study, neck pain or shoulder pain treatment may benefit migraine patients. Chiropractors treat neck pain and shoulder pain often. A chiropractor may be able to help you get relief of your neck pain, shoulder pain… and perhaps migraine headaches if you suffer from them.
Mental Attitude: Dogs May Chase Away Homesickness for College Freshman.
In this study, researchers divided 44 homesick first-year students into two groups: one group went to eight weekly dog therapy sessions lasting 45 minutes that involved interaction with dogs and fellow study participants; and the other participants didn’t take part and served as the control group. After eight weeks, the students receiving dog therapy reported that they were less homesick and had scored higher on assessments measuring life satisfaction. On the other hand, students in the control group experienced worsened levels of homesickness. The findings suggest that colleges may be able to reduce first-year student drop-out rates by promoting social connections.
Anthropos, September 2016
Health Alert: Codeine Not Safe for Kids.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that codeine is unsafe for children and should no longer be given to them. Codeine has been used to treat pain and coughs in kids for decades because it was thought to be safer than other narcotics. Codeine is converted into morphine by the liver, but genetic differences between individuals can cause the liver to create too much morphine in some and too little in others. According to experts, children who metabolize codeine into too much morphine can experience slowed breathing rates and may even stop breathing and die. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration placed a black box warning on codeine medications, warning doctors to avoid prescribing the drug to children having surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids. Due to the slow response to this health threat, the AAP decided to make a “stronger push” against the use of codeine in children.
Pediatrics, September 2016
Diet: Plan Ahead for a Healthier Diet.
Planning ahead for healthier meals makes it less likely that you’ll order takeout or choose unhealthy foods. The American Heart Association provides the following suggestions to fit food preparation into a busy week: plan your meals two to four weeks ahead of schedule, start with your family’s favorite healthier dishes and add new recipes; when shopping for ingredients, purchase seasonal foods that are fresh and on sale; use the weekends to cook and freeze meals for the week; and pre-cut and refrigerate veggies in containers so you can grab them and go.
American Heart Association, September 2016
Exercise: Can Diet and Exercise Improve Physical Function Among Older Obese Adults?
A new research review that included 19 studies involving 405 adults has found low-to-moderate evidence that dietary and exercise interventions can improve physical function and quality of life among older obese adults. The authors believe that future research is needed to provide definitive guidance on how to address obesity in older individuals. Study author Dr. John Batsis explains, “Obesity in older adults is a significant public health concern that will increasingly become a burden to society if we do not address it promptly. We need solid evidence on how to effectively engage this group of patients to not only improve their weight but, importantly, improve their physical function.”
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, September 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Make Sure You Tell Your Doctor…
Being open about your health history with your healthcare provider can be vital to staying healthy. The Cleveland Clinic recommends that you always share information about any health conditions other than the one being treated such as your current regimen of medications, herbs, or supplements; if you have allergies to any medication, food, or substance; if you have experienced trouble taking any medication; if you may be pregnant, are pregnant, are planning to get pregnant, or are breast-feeding; and if you are on a special diet.
The Cleveland Clinic, September 2016
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