Back pain And Musculoskeletal Problems Among Dentists
Musculoskeletal problems like back pain cause about 1 in 8 dentists to miss work. Surveys completed by 600 practicing dentists indicate that work-related musculoskeletal problems are a common complaint that may affect about two-thirds of the profession. Of those with musculoskeletal complaints, 92% reported problems with their wrist and more than half reported pain associated with the neck. Overall, 12.06% of all who responded claimed to have missed work due to one or more musculoskeletal problems. The authors of the study conclude, “Awareness about preventive care is necessary for dentists. The dental curriculum also should address ergonomic issues for dental educators.”
Journal of International Society of Preventative & Community Dentistry, April 2016
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Mental Attitude: The Sea Soothes Stress.
This study compared people who lived in various areas of Wellington, New Zealand, and found that people who have a view of the sea in their daily lives have lower levels of stress than those who don’t see water during the day. The researchers add that further research is needed to determine whether views of large fresh bodies of water have the same effect as ocean views.
Health & Place, May 2016
Health Alert: Air Pollution Tied to Stillbirths.
A new research review has found a link between exposure to air pollution and an increased risk of stillbirth. Researchers say the findings do not establish a cause-and-effect relationship, and further research is needed to learn more about the link; however, they believe that the wide regional variations in the world’s stillbirth rates suggest the majority of last year’s 2.6 million stillbirths were preventable. An expert not involved in the study, Dr. Marie Pedersen from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark adds, “If the evidence of an association between ambient air population and stillbirth is confirmed in future studies, it would be of major public health importance.”
Occupational & Environmental Medicine, May 2016
Diet: Brighter Lights = Healthier Choices.
Bright lighting encourages individuals to make healthier food choices. Researchers found that those dining in well-lit rooms were about 16-24% more likely to order healthy foods than those dining in dimly lit rooms. They also found that those who ate in dimly lit rooms actually ordered 39% more calories. Assessments showed that the diners in more brightly lit rooms were more alert, which the researchers believe may explain why this group made healthier food choices.
Journal of Marketing Research, May 2016
Exercise: Do Fitness Monitors Motivate People to Exercise?
Researchers asked 36 physical education majors at Oklahoma State University to wear a monitor, telling them it would measure the amount of sunlight they received each day. Later, they were given another monitor to count the number of steps they took during the day. However, both monitors were actually the same and counted the number of steps the students took over the course of each day. The researchers expected to see a difference between the two parts of the experiment, but they found that the students weren’t any more active when they knew their steps were being counted.
Clarkson University, May 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Seniors Benefit from Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment.
A new study finds that intensive treatment of high blood pressure reduces the risk of heart disease in older adults without increasing the risk of falls or other complications. Researchers randomly assigned more than 2,600 patients aged 75 and older to one of two groups: either an intensive systolic blood pressure target of 120 mm Hg or the standard target of 140 mm Hg. Investigators found that participants in the intensive target group were nearly one-third less likely to have a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke, and nearly 25% less likely to die during the next four to eight years than those in the standard target group. Study author Dr. Jeff Williamson concludes, “These findings have substantial implications for the future of high blood pressure therapy in older adults because of its high prevalence in this age group, and because of the devastating consequences high blood pressure complications can have on the independent function of older people.”
Journal of the American Medical Association, May 2016
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