Daily Health Update for 05/29/2015 from Poway Chiropractor Dr. Rode of Rode Chiropractic in Poway, CA 92064
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Friday, May 29th
Mental Attitude: Teen Drinking's Possible Impact on Memory & Learning During Adulthood. In an effort to understand how
alcohol consumption during the teen years may affect the developing brain, researchers gave rats heavy doses of alcohol during
adolescence and then compared their memory and learning abilities to rats who received no alcohol during late development. They
observed that the rats who received alcohol during adolescence appeared to be less adept at memory tasks and subsequent
examinations revealed that alcohol exposure during brain development results in abnormal hippocampal function during adulthood.
The hippocampus is the region of the brain associated with memory and learning. Lead researcher Dr. Mary-Louise Risher writes, "It's
quite possible that alcohol disrupts the maturation process, which can affect these cognitive function later on. That's something we are
eager to explore in ongoing studies." Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, April 2015
Health Alert: Blood Thinner May Pose Greater Bleeding Risk for Obese Patients. Patients who are obese and taking the blood
thinner warfarin appear to have nearly double the risk of severe stomach bleeding when compared with normal weight individuals
taking the same medication in an effort to prevent heart attacks and stroke. It is not clear why obese patients are at greater risk, but
experts are not surprised by the findings. As Dr. Richard Hayes, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill HealthPlex in New York City points out,
"Obese patients have more medical problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Therefore, they are more likely to be on other
medications, many of which interfere with warfarin." American Heart Association, May 2015
Diet: Kids Have Greater Risk of Allergic Reactions to Peanuts at Home. Investigators have discovered that children who are
allergic to peanuts are far more likely to be exposed to them in their own homes than at school. The study looked at 1,941 children
with peanut allergies and found 37% of exposures occurred at home, 14.3% in other homes, 9.3% at restaurants, 4.9% at schools that
do not allow peanuts, and 3% at schools that do allow peanuts. The remaining 31.5% of exposures occurred at unspecified locations.
Clinical and Translational Allergy, April 2015
Exercise: Fitness Helps Reduce Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects the
lymph nodes, and according to a new study, a lifetime of vigorous exercise may lower an individual's risk of developing this type of
cancer. The study involved information on more than 800 people and found that those who participated in the most intense physical
exercise throughout their lives had up to a 30% lower risk for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when compared with individuals who were
less physically active. American Association for Cancer Research, May 2015
Chiropractic: Choice of Bag May Affect Back Pain Risk. With several options available to students in regards to the style of their
school bag, which is least likely to increase a teen's risk for back pain? To find out, researchers asked a female volunteer to walk on a
treadmill for five minutes while wearing a backpack with two straps, a backpack with one strap, a bag with a strap over the shoulder,
and a bag with the strap over the shoulder and across the chest. They found the two-strapped backpack was associated with the lowest
level of spinal muscle activity and therefore, may be the choice least likely to result in back pain.
Journal of Human Kinetics, April 2015
Wellness/Prevention: Eye Injuries Related to Air Guns on the Rise Among Children. Due to a recent increase in air gun
popularity, eye injuries from non-powder guns increased by 511% between 2010 and 2012. Dr. Douglas Fredrick, a Clinical Professor
of Ophthalmology at Stanford University School of Medicine writes, "To reduce rates of pediatric eye injury, both practitioners and
air gun companies should promote and lobby for eye safety mandates among all air gun users. Furthermore, changes in state policy to
regulate possession and usage of air guns among minors may be warranted to reduce rates of accidental injury."
Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, April 2015
Quote: “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Kip Rode, D.C.