Technology is such that studies are coming out many times per day so there is so much for the Team to post and highlight each week. Here is trending health information for this week!:
- Diabetes is the most expensive medical condition of some 150 conditions. It is preventable and pre-diabetes is reversible. Most people with diabetes are unaware of it.
- Statins when tested on mice show that mice move less and develop fewer physical changes within their muscles. Statins have also been found to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and produce muscle aches and fatigue in mice.
- A study showed that people living near heavy traffic roads have a 7% greater risk for dementia-but it does not say why.
- There is a professional athletes video game called NeuroTracker which supports cognitive agility in elite athletes by way of users having their eyes all around a 3D screen. A new version of this is available for consumers and it is called NuTrain.
- Mediterranean diet in the news—seniors on such a diet have shown less brain shrinkage and those whose diet has been full of fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil, not much red meat nor poultry, but regular eating of fish and ingesting of red wine. Studies have shown us that this diet also lowers the chance of cardiac events, stroke and premature death. And it is a puzzlement as to how it works still.
- Omega three fatty acids in fish and supplements are associated with lower risk of heart disease even for those with greater risk factors such as excess fat or high bad cholesterol.
- New guidelines for earwax removal is that doctors now advise patients to see a medical doctor to have removal if the patient is having pain, hearing loss or fullness in the ear. Self- cleaning is not always safe and can irritate at best and at worst can cause infection or impact the wax making it more difficult to remove. This condition affects: 10% of children, 2% of adults and 33% of seniors.
- Pregnant women who get pre-eclampsia or a condition of high blood pressure and protein in the urine, have a 1.6 times more likely risk of getting a retinal detachment and are about 2 times more at risk for retinal disease later in life.
- In women who suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (in layman terms: anxiety, depression and agitation before menstruation), were tested by having their progesterone and estrogen hormones shut down and their symptoms went away showing that the disorder is due to a cellular response to the hormones.
- Regarding kids with ADHD, depression is known to be higher than those who don’t have ADHD. A study now shows that kids on ADHD meds may reduce their chances for depression.
- A study of the mouth bacteria in Japan linked dental caries and cognition. Men had more dental caries and were less healthy than the women. They also had a higher likelihood for smoking, drinking, diabetes and a higher body mass index. The study also contributes to an overall body of research showing that oral bacteria are linked to stroke, cognitive decline and dementia.
- A large study about flu and flu vaccine confirms that neither getting influenza during pregnancy nor receiving a flu vaccine during the 2nd and 3rd trimester are associated with risk of autism. No changes in vaccination policies are recommended, however.
- Hearing tests for screening for autism can be very useful. Children 6-17 with autism had hearing difficulty in a specific frequency (1 to 2 kHz) important for processing speech. The degree of hearing impairment was associated with the severity of autism symptoms.
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