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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Vitamin C & back pain, plus the hazards of artificial sweeteners

Can vitamin C help reduce spinal pain

Can vitamin C help reduce spinal pain?

Though essential for collagen health—a key determinant of ligament, tendon, and bone quality—a large portion of the general population is currently deficient in vitamin C. In a new study, investigators found a link between suboptimal serum blood levels of vitamin C and a higher prevalence of neck pain, low back pain, and related functional limitations. This study supports the need to consider nutritional aspects, in this case specifically vitamin C, in the management of back pain. Pain, July 2016

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: The hazards of too much TV & pasta linked to weight loss

Is too much TV hazardous to your health

Is too much TV hazardous to your health?

Spending too much time watching TV may boost the risk of death from a blood clot in the lung. A study of more than 86,000 individuals found that the risk of dying from pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung) increased 70% among those who watched 2.5 to 4.9 hours of TV each day when compared with those who watched less than 2.5 hours per day. Furthermore, the researchers found each additional two hours of television viewing time increased the risk of pulmonary embolism by 40%. Circulation, July 2016

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Drinking water for weight loss & top causes of death in the U.S.

Does drinking water help you stay slimmer

Does drinking water help you stay slimmer?

A study of nearly 10,000 adults suggests that water may be a secret weapon for weight loss. Investigators assessed water intake as adequate or inadequate based on urine samples and found that nearly one-third of those studied were inadequately hydrated. They also found that people who took in too little water daily had 50% greater odds for obesity than those who consumed more water each day. The study show that a diet that includes more water is likely associated with a healthier weight. Annals of Family Medicine, July 2016

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Air pollution & high blood pressure, new opioids risks & more

A diet rich in healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts, isn’t likely to cause weight gain

A diet rich in healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts, isn’t likely to cause weight gain.

A recent study tracked more than 7,400 adults who followed one of three meal plans: an unrestricted-calorie Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil; an unrestricted-calorie Mediterranean diet rich in nuts; or a low-fat diet intended to avoid all dietary fat. After five years, researchers found that a low-fat diet did not result in more weight loss, but instead resulted in a greater likelihood of increased waist circumference, which is a risk factor for chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. Researchers stated that dietary guidelines should be revised to remove arbitrary limits on fat consumption and drop warnings about healthy, high-fat foods like nuts, phenolic-rich vegetable oils, and yogurt. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, June 2016

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Weekly Health Update — Arthritis Increases Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Chiropractic: Arthritis Increases Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition often treated by chiropractors. The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand that houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed, generating the symptoms associated with CTS such as numbness, tingling, and loss of grip strength. A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of inflammatory and degenerative arthritis on carpal tunnel syndrome has revealed that both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis nearly double an individual’s risk for developing CTS.
Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, March 2016

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Where Does Back Pain Come From?

Most of us have suffered from back pain at one time or another. It often occurs after over-doing a physical task, like fall yard work, winter snow shoveling, working on the car, cleaning the house, and so on. But there are times when identifying the cause of back pain can be difficult or impossible. Let’s take a deeper look at where back pain can come from…

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Weekly Health Update — Sleep Problems and Pain.

Chiropractic: Sleep Problems and Pain.
A recent study investigated the relationship between sleep problems and chronic pain, as well as other conditions. The study involved data on 1,753 participants and found an association between sleep problems and an increased risk for chronic pain and headaches, as well as an increase in the severity of both abdominal pain and musculoskeletal pain. The results suggest patients with musculoskeletal complaints should also be screened for sleep problems.
Pain, December 2016

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Weekly Health Update — Working Postures That Increase Musculoskeletal Pain Risk.

Chiropractic: Working Postures That Increase Musculoskeletal Pain Risk.
Among a sample of 789 workers across a variety of industries, researchers found prolonged exposure to awkward postures could increase an individual’s risk of developing a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition. These postures include: kneeling/crouching (low-back pain), neck flexion and rotation (neck pain), trunk flexion (low-back pain), and arm elevation (neck and shoulder pain). Future studies aim to identify exposure limits for each posture in an effort to curb work-related MSK disorder risk.
Ergonomics, December 2015

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