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DAILY HEALTH UPDATE Thursday, May 16th, 2019 Courtesy of: David Tejada, D.C.

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Mental Attitude: Reduced Brain Connectivity Linked to Behavioral Disorders Among Kids with Autism. Using
functional MRI, researchers have discovered that children with autism spectrum disorder who exhibit disruptive behaviors
have reduced connectivity between the amygdala and ventrolateral prefrontal cortex—a pathway involved in the
regulation of emotion. Senior author Dr. Denis Sukhodolsky writes, “This finding points to a brain mechanism of emotion
dysregulation in children with autism and offers a potential biomarker for developing targeted treatments for irritability
and aggression in autism.” Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, February 2019

Health Alert: Many Hospital Patients Harbor “Superbugs.” If you weren’t already concerned about the germs that
lurk in hospitals, researchers have found that “superbugs” are common on patients and the things they touch. In the study,
investigators tested 399 hospital patients and found that 14% had superbugs (bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics) on
their hands or nostrils shortly after admission. Another 6% of patients who didn’t have superbugs on their hands or nostrils
when first admitted tested positive later during their hospital stay. Clinical Infectious Diseases, April 2019

Diet: Top 5 Diet Scams. Americans spend nearly $35 billion on weight loss products and programs each year;
unfortunately, some of these products and programs are scams. According to WebMD, the top five diet scams include the
following: metabolism-boosting pills based on herbal ingredients; fat- and carb-blocking pills; herbal weight loss teas; diet
patches, jewelry or other products worn on the body; and body wraps or “slim suits.” These diet scams resurface every
few years, each time with a new marketing gimmick, but they’re all based on the same bad science. Registered dietician
Nelda Mercer notes, “Any time you are tempted to get a new diet product, my advice would be to look into what the
claims are and if they can be substantiated by science… What people want is a magic bullet and quick fix, and that’s never
going to work. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.” WebMD, April 2019

Exercise: Women Are Not Getting Enough Exercise. An analysis of data concerning more than 19 million women with
cardiovascular disease revealed that more than half of women with the condition failed to engage in the recommended 150
minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week and the number of women failing to meet exercise guidelines
has increased over the last decade. JAMA Network Open, April 2019

Chiropractic: PTSD Symptoms Associated with Chronic Back Pain. According to a new study, post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) may increase the risk for chronic back pain by up to 50%. In the study, which followed 227 middle age
and older military veterans for five years, 60% of those with PTSD developed chronic back pain, compared with 40% of
the non-PTSD participants. Spine, March 2016

Wellness/Prevention: Do I Have A Kidney Stone? The National Kidney Foundation notes that about 10% of people will
have a kidney stone at some point during their life, typically due to drinking too little water, obesity, weight loss surgery,
or eating food with high amounts of sodium and sugar. Symptoms of kidney stones can include low back pain, bloody
urine, vomiting, fever, and chills. If you feel you may have a stone, see a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
National Kidney Foundation, April 2019
Quote: “What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.” ~ Jason Fried

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