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Mental Attitude: Childhood Neglect May Affect Brain Development. A new study finds that severe childhood neglect may cause structural changes to the brain, but early intervention may reverse such alterations. Researchers found that children who remained in institutional care exhibited structural changes in certain areas of the brain’s white matter which facilitate communication between different areas of the brain. However, they found that children who had been moved from institutional care to foster care had white matter similar to that of children who had never been in institutional care, suggesting that the movement to foster care reversed the white matter abnormalities. The researchers write, “Our findings have important implications for public health related to early prevention and intervention for children reared in conditions of severe neglect or adverse contexts more generally.” JAMA Pediatrics, January 2015
Health Alert: Chemical Exposure May Drive Earlier Menopause in Women. Researchers have discovered that women exposed to high levels of certain chemicals found in household items, personal care products, plastics, and the environment typically begin to experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with less exposure to these chemicals (which include PCBs, pesticides, phthalates, and furan). Senior study author Dr. Amber Cooper adds, “Many of these chemical exposures are beyond our control because they are in the soil, water, and air. But we can educate ourselves about our day-to-day chemical exposures and become more aware of the plastics and other household products we use.” The research team recommends further research to determine how much exposure is needed to impact female health.
PLOS ONE, January 2015
Diet: Oatmeal for Breakfast = Fullness & Lower Calorie Intake at Lunch. Your breakfast choice may affect how full you feel during the rest of the morning and how much you eat for lunch. Scientists from the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital report that having oatmeal for breakfast results in greater fullness, less hunger, and fewer calories eaten during lunch compared with those eating a ready-to-eat cereal for breakfast. The researchers believe that the greater satiety effect of oatmeal cereal compared to sugared ready-to-eat cereal or water might be due to slower gastric emptying, as they found that oatmeal took longer to leave the stomach.
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, January 2015
Exercise: Elderly COPD Patients Benefit from Home-Based Rehabilitation with a Pedometer. A small-scale study found that older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) achieved greater improvements in physical function when they used a pedometer in conjunction with their home-based pulmonary rehabilitation. The researchers believe the pedometer helps to motivate patients to be more active when they have viewable feedback. Respiratory Medicine, January 2015
Chiropractic: More Sitting Time More Neck and Shoulder Pain. According to a study involving 118 males in blue-collar jobs across a variety of industries, those who spend nearly the whole workday sitting are nearly three times more likely to experience neck and shoulder pain than workers who spend more than half the workday on their feet.
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, February 2015
Wellness/Prevention: Remember to Use Sunscreen. The use of sunscreen is vital in preventing sunburn and the future development of skin cancer. The Cleveland Clinic suggests wearing sunscreen if you spend several hours outdoors, have fair skin and burn easily, ski frequently, work in your garden, or sunbathe. The Cleveland Clinic, January 2015
Quote: “Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.” ~ Jack London
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