Unlocking Resilience: Five Ways to Prioritize Your Mental Health
“WRNMMC, Bethesda, Md.  –  In today’s fast-paced health care environment, it’s more important than ever to prioritize mental health to build resilience, and in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month and Staff Resiliency Week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dr. Kristine Diaz, a personnel psychologist, shares five ways staff members can prioritize their mental health to unlock resilience.”

Brain signatures for chronic pain identified in a small group of individuals
“For the first time, researchers have recorded pain-related data from inside the brain of individuals with chronic pain disorders caused by stroke or amputation (phantom limb pain). A long sought-after goal has been to understand how pain is represented by brain activity and how to modulate that activity to relieve suffering from chronic pain. Data were collected over months while patients were at home, and they were analyzed using machine learning tools. Doing so, the researchers identified an area of the brain associated with chronic pain and objective biomarkers of chronic pain in individual patients.”

Clinical screening helps identify family members at risk for heart muscle disease
“COLUMBUS, Ohio – A multi-site study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine shows the importance of clinical screening for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in family members of patients diagnosed with the heart muscle disease. The five-year study found cardiovascular screening identified new DCM-related findings in 1 of 7 first-degree family members (children, siblings or parents) previously unknown to have DCM. The findings did not differ by race, ethnicity or sex.”

Effects of ketogenic diet on health outcomes: an umbrella review of meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials
“Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have reported the benefits of ketogenic diets (KD) in various participants such as patients with epilepsy and adults with overweight or obesity. Nevertheless, there has been little synthesis of the strength and quality of this evidence in aggregate.”

Poor diet adherence, sleep disorders synergistically increases mortality risk
“Poor adherence to the Mediterranean diet plus the presence of sleep disorders impacted cardiovascular and all-cause mortality but not cancer mortality. It is the first study to confirm the interaction, researchers said.”

How to cut back on junk food in your child’s diet – and when not to worry
“Trust me, I know how exhausting it can be to figure out how to feed your kids a healthy diet while also living in the real world as a busy working parent with limited time and means.”

What Happens When We Classify Kids’ Weight as a ‘Disease’?
“On January 9 of this year, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) published their “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity.” With this guidance, the AAP is advising doctors and other providers that the “monitoring” and “watchful waiting” approaches are no longer valid.”

Walking is a powerful tool to boost brain health and overall well-being
“A groundbreaking study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health has revealed the remarkable benefits of regular exercise, specifically walking, for the health of our brain. According to the researchers, the positive cognitive impacts of walking are especially noticeable in older adults.”

Encouraging caregivers to care for their own health, one story at a time
“As Black women who are caregivers struggle to find the time and willpower to exercise and improve their diets, Dr. Abiola Keller’s nursing research uses shared storytelling as a promising way to find healthier paths.”