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Archive for September 2017

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Proof That Walnuts Are Beneficial for Appetite Control.

A brain imaging study has found that consuming walnuts activates an area of the brain associated with regulating hunger and cravings. Using fMRI imaging, researchers showed participants images of desirable foods, neutral objects, and less desirable foods. When participants consumed a five-day walnut-rich diet, the scans showed increased activity in the right insula, a part of the brain that helps regulate hunger and cravings. First author Dr. Olivia M. Farr explains, “We know people report feeling fuller after eating walnuts, but it was pretty surprising to see evidence of activity changing in the brain related to food cues, and by extension what people were eating and how hungry they feel.”
Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, August 2017

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Cervical Manipulation Improves More Than Just Neck Pain.

High-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation is widely used by Osteopaths in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. A recent research review found that cervical HVLA manipulation treatment improves both cervical range of motion and mouth opening. Among patients with lateral epicondylalgia (tennis elbow), cervical HVLA manipulation can result in increased pain-free handgrip strength. Lastly, in patients with hypertension, blood pressure appears to decrease following cervical HVLA manipulation.
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, July 2017

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Just 10 Minutes…

Using data collected during the 2008 Health Survey for England, researchers report that substituting just ten minutes of sedentary time for ten minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day can reduce one’s risk for chronic musculoskeletal pain by more than 10%.
Physiotherapy, August 2017

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Bio-Psychosocial Factors for Back Pain.

In this study, researchers followed 219 female workers who suffered from recurrent non-specific low back pain and found those with increased work-induced lumbar exertion and work-related fear-avoidance beliefs were more likely to report higher levels of pain, impaired physical function, and a reduced ability to work. The findings suggest that interventions aimed at reducing fear-avoidance and increasing fitness capacity may be beneficial for back pain reduction and work performance.
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, August 2017

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Balance Training Helps You Feel Younger.

As people age, they tend to experience impairments in their sensory and motor skills, which can affect their balance. In this study, researchers found that older adults who participated in a ten-week balance training program improved their postural control to the level of people ten years their junior. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, August 2017

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Exercise: Standing Exercises May Be Key to Staying Mobile After 80.

In a new study involving nearly 300 octogenarians, researchers found that those who took part in a six-week standing-exercise program were able to walk faster and farther than those who participated in a seated-exercise program during the same time frame. The standing program was designed to improve motor skills and muscle control needed for walking by making participants perform stepping patterns, walking patterns, and strengthening exercises. Based on the findings, lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Brach concludes, “Older adults who are interested in improving their mobility should consider participating in a group-based exercise program like ‘On the Move.’”
JAMA Internal Medicine, August 2017

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Weather Conditions Increase Internet Searches on Pain.

Past studies have yielded mixed results in regards to the effect of weather changes on musculoskeletal pain. A recent study set out to examine the relationship between local meteorological conditions and online searches for terms related to knee pain, hip pain, and arthritis. The investigators found that online searches for knee pain and hip pain increased when the temperature was between 23? and 86? Fahrenheit (-5? to 30? Celsius). Additionally, searches for arthritis decreased when temperatures rose above 86? (30? Celsius). The findings reveal that local weather conditions are significantly associated with online searches for specific musculoskeletal pain symptoms.
PLOS One, August 2017

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