I’m going on holiday so you’re getting one big bulk blog for a few days. Deal with it ;)

Mental Attitude: Is COPD Linked to Dementia? For those needing more reasons to avoid cigarette smoke and other forms of air pollution, a new study notes an association between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for dementia. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, March 2015

Health Alert: New CPR Devices Approved by FDA. The ResQCPR system involves two new devices that can be used together to aid people who require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The first device is called the ResQPump, which attaches to a person’s chest with a suction cup, making it easier for the rescuer to compress and decompress the chest during CPR. The second device, the ResQPod, fits onto a rescue mask or breathing tube to help reduce pressure inside the victim’s chest, which helps draw more blood to the heart. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that when used together, the devices help increase the amount of oxygenated blood that circulates through the patient’s body during CPR and thus increases their chance of survival. Food and Drug Administration, March 2015

Diet: Vegetarian Diet May Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer. A new study involving more than 77,000 adults has found that a vegetarian diet may cut an individual’s risk of colorectal cancer by 20%. The researchers believe the benefit is mainly the result of eating less red and processed meat (both of which have been associated with a high risk for colorectal cancer) and eating more fiberrich foods in the form of fruits and vegetables (which have been linked to a reduced risk for the disease). JAMA Internal Medicine, March 2015 Exercise: How to Shop for Athletic Shoes. It is essential to wear a properly fitted and supportive pair of shoes when exercising. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society offers the following tips: shop at a specialty store to take advantage of their expertise, try on shoes at the end of the day when your feet are largest, wear the socks you usually wear when exercising, make sure you can easily move your toes after lacing them up, walk or run a few steps to test that the shoes firmly grip your heels, and look for a sportspecific shoe if you plan to play a particular sport. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, March 2015

Chiropractic: How Whole Body Vibrations Increase Back Injury Risk… While exposure to whole body vibrations (WBV) has been identified as a risk factor for a work-related back injury, previous research hasn’t determined why this is the case. In a recent study, volunteers lifted a box in front of them from ground level to a waist height platform to the left of their bodies repeatedly during two hour-long sessions. Before one of the sessions, participants sat for an hour on a vibrating platform. An analysis of body movements from both sessions showed that WBV exposure resulted in faster and more exaggerated twisting motions by participants. Over time, such behavioral changes during repeated lifting tasks following WBV exposure may increase an individual’s risk for an injury to the lower back. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, March 2015

Wellness/Prevention: Focusing on Sleep Quality and Stress Reduction Helps Reduce Diabetes Risk! For those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a new study recommends focusing on reducing stress and getting quality sleep in addition to increasing physical activity and eating better. Researcher Dr. Mariam Kashani explains, “By taking sleep and stress into account, we factor in important hormonal processes to better manage glucose. When we are stressed, our bodies release extra glucose and when we are tired, we tend to make poor food choices. In this context, people often regain weight, and in doing so, they may revert back to worsening blood glucose levels.” American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, March 2015

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