Job Stress Increases Neck And Shoulder Pain Risk
After following 29,496 vocationally active men and women for a decade, researchers found that those who were pain-free at the start of the study but who described their work as “almost always stressful” were 27% more likely to develop either chronic neck pain or chronic shoulder pain than those with less stressful careers. The researchers note the effect seems to be greater among men than women. They add that exercise did not appear to reduce the risk of neck/shoulder pain among those with frequent stress but did have a protective effect for those with lower stress jobs.
International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, July 2016
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Mental Attitude: Males Can Be Psychologically Affected By Body Image Too.
Most of us believe that body image concerns are reserved for females, but new research suggests that men are more likely to suffer psychologically when dissatisfied with their image. Researcher Dr. Scott Griffiths writes, “Although our data suggests that, overall, the burden of body dissatisfaction is borne disproportionately by females, males with body dissatisfaction may be a particularly high-risk group. The additional stigma towards men is that they are less masculine by virtue of suffering from a stereotypically female problem. In addition, men report feeling less worthy if they need to ask for help, and this has been associated, in our research, with an increased likelihood of men with eating disorders remaining undiagnosed ([four] times more likely in our study).”
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, July 2016
Health Alert: Children Who Watch Too Much TV May Have Poor Bone Health Later in Life.
A study involving 1,181 participants sought to identify if the number of hours a child watches television affects their bone density later in life. The researchers followed the participants for twenty years, starting at age five, and found that those who consistently watched 14 or more hours of television per week had lower bone mineral content than participants who watched less TV. The authors conclude, “Since attainment of optimal peak bone mass is protective against osteoporosis later in life, reducing sedentary time in children may have long-term skeletal benefits.”
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, July 2016
Diet: Does Drinking Water Help You Stay Slimmer?
Research involving nearly 10,000 adults suggests that water may be a secret weapon for weight loss. For the study, investigators assessed water intake as adequate or inadequate based on urine samples and found that nearly one-third of those studied were inadequately hydrated. Furthermore, they found that people who took in too little water daily had 50% greater odds for obesity than to those who consumed more water each day. Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, who was not involved in the study notes, “[It] indicates hydration might impact weight, but it does not prove that… What it does show, though, is that a diet that includes more water, whether as a beverage or the water found in fruits and vegetables, is likely associated with a healthier weight.”
Annals of Family Medicine, July 2016
Exercise: Breast Cancer Survivors Benefit from Exercise.
Excess stress can often lead to memory problems among breast cancer survivors, but according to new research, exercise may help protect their memory. Researchers examined self-reported memory and exercise data on over 1,800 breast cancer survivors and found that moderate or vigorous physical activity—such as brisk walking, biking, jogging, or engaging in exercise classes—reduced stress and fatigue among participants. Lead author Dr. Siobhan Phillips adds, “We found moderate to vigorous physical activity actually benefits women psychologically and that, in turn, helps their memory.”
Psycho-Oncology, July 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Managing Chronic Illness.
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends the following for those trying to manage a chronic illness: honestly evaluate unhealthy habits and choose those that you would like to change; create goals to help stop a bad habit; make sure your goals are realistic; and meet regularly with your healthcare provider to monitor your progress and discuss any challenges you encounter.
American Academy of Family Physicians, July 2016
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