Week Ending October 03, 2022

A healthy lifestyle is positively associated with mental health and well-being and core markers in ageing
“Studies often evaluate mental health and well-being in association with individual health behaviours although evaluating multiple health behaviours that co-occur in real life may reveal important insights into the overall association.”

5 Health Benefits of Taking a Bath, Plus 5 Healthy Add-Ins for Your Next Soak
“Which is better — taking a shower or a bath? The answer to the age-old debate comes down to personal preference, but it’s no secret that most Americans prefer showers.”

Medical Misinformation Harms Us All
“As the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox (MPX) outbreak a global health emergency, a new wave of anti-LGBTQ+ vitriol crested alongside it. Now, the MPX backlash has been added to the ongoing circulation of medical misinformation associated with the COVID pandemic, both in the US and abroad.”

Does gua sha really work? The health benefits of traditional medicine’s ‘best kept secret’
“Gua sha, an ancient healing technique, is getting buzz in the modern world. Also known as “skin scraping” or “scraping therapy,” it’s used to treat chronic pain, relieve stress and even help with headaches.”

How One Condition Is Often Mistaken for Parkinson’s
“Tremors and jerking movement make people think of Parkinson’s disease, but a Hartford HealthCare movement disorders neurologist said it can easily be a sign of dystonia as well.”

A Princeton-Trained PhD Says These 3 Foods Will Optimize Your Metabolism
“At mindbodygreen, we’ve waxed poetic on the importance of gut health. But in case you need a quick reminder: Your gut is at the forefront of basically every function in your body, including, yes, your metabolism.”

Can Exercise Reduce Your Cancer Risk?
“Most of us, at one point or another, have probably been told by our doctor that we should be exercising. Researchers have known for some time that regular physical activity can be helpful for maintaining good health, explaining this common recommendation at your regular check-up.”

Immune health: Show consumers the evidence
“Society’s initial fears over COVID-19 may have faded, but they still fundamentally changed consumer attitudes towards health and wellbeing. Consumers are now looking for long-lasting ways to enhance their wellbeing and to prevent potential future illness before infection—namely, by prioritizing their immune health.”

Gender differences with bladder pain
“Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) is a chronic condition that causes bladder pressure, pain and lower urinary tract symptoms. It affects 3-8 million women and 1-4 million men in the U.S.”

Could a Daily Multivitamin Be Enough to Slow Cognitive Decline?
“The research, which also showed daily multivitamin intake yields even greater health benefits in people with a history of cardiovascular disease, was based on observation of cognitive performance in two groups over three years. One group took a cocoa extract supplement daily; the other took a multivitamin. More than 2,200 people were included in the study.”

Average Life Expectancy Has Dropped by 3 Years – But Why?
“COVID-19 is being largely blamed for a recent drop in life expectancy, but one Hartford HealthCare expert said other factors related to the pandemic might be more to blame than the virus itself.”

How to improve heart health
“Heart disease is a major public health concern in the United States. Besides taking medicines a doctor prescribes, a person can take a range of actions to improve their heart health. This includes eating a healthy diet, keeping active, and avoiding behaviors such as smoking.”

What Is Biofeedback Therapy? A Beginner’s Guide to This Health Approach
“It may sometimes feel like you have little control over what happens inside your body, and how that affects your overall health. But there is a way to harness physiological functions like breathing, muscle tension, heart rate, skin temperature, and even brain waves so they work to your healing advantage. “

Mind-body practices lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes
“Mind-body practices such as yoga and meditation are increasingly popular tools for promoting health and combating diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Approximately 66% of Americans with type 2 diabetes use mind-body practices and many do so because they believe it helps control their blood sugar. Until now, however, whether mind-practices can reduce blood glucose levels has never been rigorously quantified. “

Key takeaways from Biden’s conference on hunger and nutrition in America
“President Biden pushed for Congress to permanently extend the child tax credit, raise the minimum wage and expand nutrition assistance programs to help reduce hunger rates as he opened the second-ever conference on food insecurity and diet-related diseases. But the administration faces a sharp uphill battle.”

New Guidance on Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga for Cancer Pain
“New guidelines highlight the role that integrative pain management techniques, such as massage, acupuncture, and music therapy, can play in relieving certain types of cancer pain in adults.”