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Weekly Health Update — Spinal Manipulation Helps Patients with Thoracic Spinal Pain!

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Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulation Helps Patients with Thoracic Spinal Pain!
A review of the existing literature related to the non-invasive, non-drug treatment of thoracic spinal pain found that spinal manipulation, a treatment performed by doctors of the chiropractic, is the only treatment with critically appraised and relevant research demonstrating that it results in statistically significant reductions in thoracic spinal pain.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, July 2015

Mental Attitude: Childhood Trauma May Result in Migraines Later in Life.
Canadian researchers say that witnessing domestic violence during childhood may raise an individual’s risk for developing migraines in adulthood. The study which included nearly 23,000 men and women found that boys and girls who had witnessed parental domestic violence had a 52-64% greater risk for migraines after age 18 when compared with those with no such history.
Headache, June 2015

Health Alert: Dementia May Increase Health Risks Among Hospitalized COPD Patients.
Taiwanese researchers examined data on one million individuals collected between 2000 and 2010 and found that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dementia have an elevated risk for acute respiratory dysfunction, severe sepsis, and hospital mortality. More specifically, they found that patients with both conditions were 1.38 times more at risk for severe sepsis, 1.39 times more at risk for acute respiratory dysfunction, and 1.69 times more at risk of dying during their hospital stay.
Medicine, June 2015

Diet: High-Fiber Diet May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk.
Eating a fiber-rich diet may lower one’s risk for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The authors of a new study found that those whose diets contain more than 26 grams of fiber each day are 18% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who consume less than 19 grams of fiber per day. When researchers focused on types of fiber, they discovered that people who consume higher amounts of cereal and vegetable fiber are 16-19% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with fiber-poor diets. Interestingly, the researchers found that fruit fiber consumption was not associated with reduced diabetes risk. Study author Dr. Dagfinn Aune concludes, "Taken together, our results indicate that individuals with diets rich in fiber, in particular cereal fiber, may be at lower risk of type 2 diabetes."
Diabetologia, May 2015

Exercise: Avoid Overuse Injuries.
Performing the same exercises day after day can lead to an overuse injury. The Mayo Clinic recommends the following to avoid such injuries: engage in a variety of exercises, don’t do too many exercises in one day, warm up before and cool down after a workout, wear appropriate shoes, and use good form and technique.
Mayo Clinic, June 2015

Wellness/Prevention: Limited Evidence for Mammograms for Women in Their 40s.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer says that there is limited evidence to support preventative breast cancer screening for women in their 40s. However, they add that for women aged 50 to 75, the research shows that routine mammograms reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer. The revised guidelines recommend routine screening start at age 50 and be done every two years. The expert panel advises that women in their 40s should discuss the pros and cons of mammography screening with their doctor and then make an informed decision.
New England Journal of Medicine, June 2015

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