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Friday, January 31st, 2020
Courtesy of: David Tejada, D.C.
(630) 375-9444

Health Alert: Patients Often Bring “Superbug” to the Hospital. Researchers tested 220 patients who did not exhibit any symptoms of Clostridiodes difficile infection when admitted to a New York hospital and found that 21 of the patients were identified as carriers of C. difficile. Within six months, 38% of the carriers developed symptomatic C. difficile infection, compared with only 2% of noncarriers.  Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, December 2019
Diet: Gluten-Free Diet Often Contains Gluten. Despite following a gluten-free diet, some celiac disease patients continue to experience persistent symptoms of their condition. In a recent study involving celiac patients on a gluten free diet, researchers detected gluten immunogenic peptides in 6% of urine samples and 11% of stool samples, which suggests that gluten may still be present in food products marketed as gluten-free. Gastroenterology, December 2019

Exercise: Working Out Helps Diet Adherence. The results of a recent study involving 130 overweight/obese adults suggests that for every ten minutes a day one engages in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, the risk of lapsing from a dietary weight loss program falls by 1%. Health Psychology, January 2020

Chiropractic: Craniosacral Therapy Effective for Chronic Pain. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is an alternative treatment sometimes used by doctors of chiropractic that involves gentle touch or manipulation to the joints in the cranium (skull), pelvis, and spine. An analysis of findings from ten random control studies found evidence that CST can benefit patients with chronic neck pain, back pain, migraine, headache, fibromyalgia, epicondylitis, and pelvic girdle pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, December 2019

Mental Attitude: Shopping Addiction Has Moved Online. Buying-shopping disorder (BSD) is an extreme preoccupation with shopping and buying. The condition can cause harm due to post-purchase guilt and regret, a sense of loss of control, family conflict, and financial distress. Questionnaires completed by 122 BDS patients revealed that a third had developed an online shopping version of the condition. Dr. Petros Levounis, the chair of the department of psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School writes, “So if you have BSD, and you find that you don’t have to go to the mall to shop, if everything is just a click away, then that is very, very compelling… And it certainly has the potential to turn your disorder into even more of a problem than it was before.”  Comprehensive Psychiatry, December 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Increasing Bone Mineral Density in Kids and Adolescents. An analysis of data from nine published studies suggests that engaging in regular physical activity and increasing calcium intake can increase bone mineral density in children and teens, potentially setting the stage for better bone health throughout life.  World Journal of Pediatrics, January 2020

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