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Mental Attitude: Late-Life Depression Doubles Dementia Risk!
After reviewing data regarding 66,532 patients, Australian researchers report that patients with clinical depression later in life are 83-104% more likely to develop dementia than seniors with low depression scores.
BMJ Open, December 2015
Health Alert: Tooth Loss Associated with Poor Cardiac Outcomes.
For patients with stable coronary heart disease, losing teeth may be a predictor of adverse cardiac events in the near future. An international team of researchers followed 15,456 stable coronary heart disease patients for four years and found each tooth lost a patient lost during the study resulted in a slight increase in their overall risk for a cardiac event.
European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, December 2015
Diet: Cartoon Characters Can Encourage Healthier Snacking Habits.
An Italian study suggests that using cartoon characters could nudge preschoolers into eating more fresh fruit at snack time. The researchers found that the presence of a favorite character sticker on an unfamiliar fruit (a kiwi in this example) influenced the children's perception of how tasty that fruit was as a snack even before they had eaten one. The team also observed that placing popular cartoon character stickers on fruit led to more children opting for fruit as a snack. The results suggest there is an opportunity to instill healthy eating habits early on and maybe even to persuade individuals to make healthier choices about food.
International Journal of Markets and Business Systems, December 2015
Exercise: Walking Helps Diabetics Better Manage Their Condition.
South Korean researchers examined data collected from 1,328 patients with type 2 diabetes and found those who regularly engaged in 250-350 minutes per week of low-to-moderate intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking, demonstrated better glycemic control and had a lower risk of experiencing diabetes-related complications.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science, November 2015
Chiropractic: Technology Leading to Spinal Problems in Jet Fighter Pilots.
Neck and back pain among fighter pilots remains a serious issue in today's military. In a new study, researchers found the risk for regular or continuous neck and lower back pain doubled among F16 pilots between 2007 and 2014. They suspect this dramatic rise in spinal complaints may be due to the implementation of new helmet mounted technologies that place a greater load on the spine during flight.
Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance, November 2015
Wellness/Prevention: Smoking Can Lead to Poor Outcomes for Patients Who Need Hip or Knee Surgery.
Being a current smoker may lead to a greater risk of deep infection and the need for further surgical procedures in patients needing hip or knee surgery. Using data concerning 7,926 patients treated at the Mayo Clinic between 2010-13, researchers found current smokers were 2.37 times more at risk for a deep infection and 78% more likely to need an additional operation to repair a knee/hip replacement.
BMC Medicine, November 2015