Subclinical Neck Pain Can Affect Skillful Movements
Subclinical neck pain is often defined as cervical dysfunction that results in mild neck pain, ache, and/or stiffness that is inconsistent and for which an individual has not sought treatment. The findings of a new study that involved 26 volunteers revealed that participants suffering from subclinical neck pain had an impaired ability to execute correct and skillful movements that are important for object recognition, spatial navigation, and movement planning.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, January 2016
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Wellness/Prevention: Surgical Safety Checklists May Shorten Hospital Stays and Save Lives.
According to a new study, implementing a surgical safety checklist in the operating room can reduce a patient’s risk of death in the three months following their operation and also shorten their hospital stay. Researchers analyzed the outcomes of more than 10,700 surgery patients and found that using a 17-24 item checklist lowered the mortality rate within 90 days of surgery from 2.4% to 2.2%. Furthermore, the average length of a hospital stay dropped from 10.4 days to 9.6 days. The findings suggest that surgical safety checklists could reduce healthcare costs by reducing the risk of complications or additional surgery to correct problems.
JAMA Surgery, February 2016
Mental Attitude: Stress-Prone Young Males at Risk of High Blood Pressure Later in Life…
Teens who easily get stressed out appear to have a greater risk of high blood pressure during adulthood. Based on data concerning more than 1.5 million men, researchers found that 18-year-old men who had the lowest stress-resilience scores were 40% more likely to develop high blood pressure as they aged. Study author Dr. Casey Crump hopes the findings may lead to more effective prevention interventions by addressing psychosocial risk factors and stress management across a person’s lifespan.
Heart, February 2016
Health Alert: No Evidence of Cancer Risk from X-rays.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology concludes there is no proof that low-level radiation from medical imaging—such as X-ray and computed tomography scans—causes cancer. The authors of the study claim that the model used to estimate cancer risk is wrong and should be abandoned. According to the researchers, the current model called linear no-threshold ignores the fact that the human body is able to repair damage caused by low-dose radiation. Humans and other organisms have been continually exposed to naturally occurring background radiation in the environment for thousands of years with no associated health effects. The authors note, “We are literally bathed every second of every day in low-dose radiation exposure due to natural background radiation, exposures that vary annually from a few mGy to 260 mGy, depending upon where one lives on the planet.”
American Journal of Clinical Oncology, November 2015
Diet: Fruit and Vegetable Eaters Have a Younger Vascular System.
Using data collected from 3,235 older participants from the Rotterdam Study, researchers discovered those who seldom ate fruits and veggies were more likely to have stiffer arteries than those who ate several servings of produce per day.
Journal of Hypertension, February 2016
Exercise: Exercise May Prevent Harmful Falls Among Men.
Regular exercise may reduce an older man’s risk of serious injury from a fall. The study included more than 1,600 women and men aged 70 to 89 who were randomly assigned to either a long-term health education program or a moderate exercise regimen consisting of walking, flexibility, strength, and balance training. While the investigators found that men in the workout group had a 38% lower risk of serious fall injuries, a 53% lower risk of fall-related fractures, and a 59% lower rate of fall injuries that required hospitalization compared with those in the health education group, the exercise program did not appear to reduce the risk of serious fall-related injuries among the women in the study.
British Medical Journal, February 2016
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