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Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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Health Alert: Fatal Car Accidents and Daylight Savings Time. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 733,000 fatal car accidents that occurred between 1996 and 2017 in states that follow daylight saving time (DST) and found that the risk of fatal crashes increases almost 6% in the week after DST begins. Furthermore, the risk was especially high in the morning and in locations farthest west within a time zone. Current Biology, January 2020

Diet: Exposure to Low-Calorie Sweeteners May Affect Developing Baby. New research suggests that the use of low-calorie sweeteners by both expectant and new mothers is associated with potentially negative outcomes in body composition and the gut microbiota of their offspring. Gut, January 2020

Exercise: Listening to Fast-Tempo Music Makes Exercise Easier. Volunteers who exercised while listening to fast-tempo pop music reported lower levels of perceived effort than those who worked out to slower music or no music at all, especially during endurance exercise sessions. Frontiers in Psychology, January 2020

Chiropractic: Shovel Snow Safely to Spare Your Back. Experts from the University of Chicago Medical Center note that shoveling snow can place a great deal of strain on the back. They recommend the following to reduce the risk of injury: if you have spinal issues, heart problems, or are not in good physical condition, consider using a snow blower instead of shoveling; warm up your muscles before you shovel, just as you would before a workout; wear appropriate winter gear to keep you warm; use a lightweight shovel with an adjustable handle; use proper technique by pushing the snow to the side instead of picking it up, and if you need to lift the snow, don’t fill the shovel more than halfway; bend with your knees and not your back, use your leg muscles instead of core muscles, and keep your shoulders and hips square with the shovel to avoid twisting at the waist; and take your time, as you will be less likely to get injured if you plan ahead and take breaks so your muscles stay flexible. University of Chicago, January 2020

Mental Attitude: Other Options for Adults with ADHD. Though further research is advised, a review of findings from 32 published studies suggests that the following non-pharmacological therapies may benefits adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and cognitive remediation, group dialectical behavioral therapy, and hypnotherapy. Pharmacological Medicine, February 2020

Wellness/Prevention: How to Prevent Ankle Sprains. The Mayo Clinic recommends the following to reduce one’s risk for ankle sprains: warm up before exercising or playing sports; be careful when walking, running, or working on an uneven surface; use a support brace or tape on a weak or previously injured ankle; wear shoes that fit well; avoid wearing high heels; don’t participate in activities you are not conditioned for; keep your muscles strong and flexible; and practice stability training and balance exercises. Mayo Clinic, January 2020

Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

Ernest Shackleton


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