Weekly Health Update December 11, 2017

Mental Attitude:

Living in a Bad Neighborhood Linked to Cognitive Decline… After controlling for individual factors, French researchers report that older women living in deprived neighborhoods appear to have a 1.29-times greater risk for dementia and a 1.42-times increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia, November 2017

Health Alert:

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Alzheimer’s Risk. Poor vitamin D levels have been linked with a
number of negative health outcomes. Now, a new study indicates that seniors with deficient vitamin D levels may have and elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The study used data from the French Three-City Bordeaux study concerning 916 non-demented seniors whom researchers followed for twelve years. They found that participants who consistently had deficient vitamin D blood levels had a 2.85-times greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease than those who maintained adequate vitamin D levels.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia, November 2017


A Healthier Diet Could Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Some Women. In this study, researchers advised over 46,000 overweight and obese women, aged 50 to 79, who normally consumed a high-fat diet to either eat less fat and more fruits, vegetables, and grains or continue their normal diet. Fifteen years later, they found the women who received education about eating a healthier diet had a 17% lower risk for developing pancreatic cancer than those who continued to maintain a high-fat diet.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, November 2017


Walk Your Way to Fitness. According to experts from the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help one maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes; strengthen bones and muscles; improve one’s mood; and improve one’s balance and coordination. They add that the faster, further, and more frequent you walk, the greater the benefits you can achieve.

Mayo Clinic, November 2017


Musculoskeletal Pain Is a Major Problem for Surgeons! An analysis of data provided by 312 surgeons found that neck pain was the most common musculoskeletal complaint among respondents, followed by neck pain (45.8%), back pain (42.3%), and shoulder pain (40.1%). The research team also identified these work-related risk factors for musculoskeletal pain among surgeons: time spent performing surgeries per week (>25 hours per week), duration of each surgery (> 3 hours), years spent as a surgeon (>10 years), and hours spent in a standing position each day (>4 hours).

Applied Ergonomics, February 2018


Oral Cancer Signs & Symptoms. Oral cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancer cases each year and it is often diagnosed between the age of 55 and 64. According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer symptoms may include the following: a mouth sore or irritation that doesn’t resolve within three weeks; red or white patches; a lump, rough spot on usually smooth areas of the mouth; unexplained ear or throat trouble; and frequent hoarseness while talking. If you have these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.

American Dental Association, November 2017

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