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DAILY HEALTH UPDATE Friday, May 31st, 2019

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Courtesy of:  David Tejada, D.C. (630) 375-9444

Mental Attitude: Overdose Attempts Among Teens & Young Adults. An analysis of National Poison Data

System information revealed that there were more than 1.6 million intentional self-poisoning cases among 10- to 24- year-olds between 2000 and 2018, with more than 71% involving females. The investigators explain that while most of the self-poisonings were illicit drug overdoses, teens and young adults also used over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and antihistamines, as well as prescription medications. The report reveals the need for parents to regularly ask children how they are doing and if they ever have thoughts about suicide, as well as increase suicide prevention strategies, such as storing medications safely and limiting access to things that can be deadly. Journal of Pediatrics, May 2019

Health Alert: Trees Keep Cities Cool. Cities are often hotter than rural and semi-rural areas, but a new study suggests that urban locales can be cooled by planting more trees. Researchers found that city neighborhoods with about 40% tree canopy cover can be as much as nine degrees cooler than neighborhoods without trees from the combination of shade and water vapor excreted through the leaves (a process called transpiration). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 2018

Diet: Diet Beverages May Not Help Kids Cut Calories. Surveys completed by over 7,000 children revealed that those who regularly drank either low-calorie sweet drinks or sugary beverages consumed an average of 200 more calories per day than their peers who preferred water. Pediatric Obesity, May 2019

Exercise: Well-Being Predicts Physical Activity in Midlife. Among a group of 303 middle-aged adults,

researchers observed that those with higher mental well-being scores at age 42 were more likely be physically active at age 50 than participants with poor mental well-being in their early 40s. Applied Research in Quality of Life, May 2019

Chiropractic: Stay Active to Manage Distal Arm Pain. Patients with distal arm pain are usually advised to rest before seeking further treatment, but a new study suggests being active results in better outcomes. In the study, adults with distal arm pain who remained active while awaiting treatment (about 6-8 weeks) had better functional outcomes at 26 weeks than those advised to rest prior to undergoing care. Doctors of chiropractic have traditionally recommended early activity in the management of many musculoskeletal conditions. RMD Open, March 2019

Wellness/Prevention: Quitting Smoking Can Help Shield Women from Bladder Cancer. An examination of data from over 140,000 participants in a long-term study of postmenopausal women showed those women who quit smoking had up to a 25% lower risk for bladder cancer over the following decade than women who continued to smoke. Cancer Prevention Research, May 2019

Quote: “Time alone is irreplaceable. Waste it not.” ~ Douglas Southall Freeman

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