Health Update Feb 2 2021

Health Alert:

Smoking Plus Vaping Isn’t Safer for the Heart Than Smoking Alone.

According to a study that included 7,130 adults, researchers found no difference in biomarkers associated with heart disease risk among traditional cigarette smokers and those who use both electronic and traditional cigarettes.

Circulation, January 2021


Food Choices and Acne.

A review of 53 studies identified an association between acne and a high intake of added sugars and processed foods.

International Journal of Dermatology, January 2021


Work Out in Cold Weather to Burn More Fat?

In a recent experiment involving moderately fit but overweight adults, researchers observed that exercising in the cold (32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Celsius) led to a nearly three-fold increase in lipid oxidation in the body compared to when participants worked out in a more temperate setting.

Journal of Applied Physiology, December 2020


Manipulation Benefits Runners with Common Knee Condition.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common cause of knee pain for runners. Among a group of 82 runners with PFPS, researchers observed that the application of joint manipulation and myofascial release to the lumbar spine, hip, sacroiliac joint, knee, and ankle led to improvements in knee pain and improved lower limb function, decreased plantar pressure in middle foot, and increased posterior thigh flexibility.

Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, December 2020

Mental Attitude:

Depression and PTSD May Signal Elevated Suicide Risk in TBI patients.

An analysis of data from 40 published studies revealed that traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients with co-morbid depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at increased risk for attempted suicide. The findings suggest that monitoring TBI patients for signs of depression and PTSD could reduce the risk for suicide in this population.

Brain Injury, January 2021


Reducing Gastroesophageal Reflux Risk.

Following an analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers report that maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, exercising for 30 minutes a day, eating a healthy diet, and moderating coffee, tea, and soda intake to two or fewer cups a day may reduce an individual’s risk for gastrointestinal reflux symptoms by up to 37%.

JAMA Internal Medicine, January 2020
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