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How Smartphones Can Improve Your Mood

Read on to find out how your Smart phone can help your mood, why your palms are tingling and what fish we should be eating.
Osteopathy: Palm Shape May Be Risk Factor for CTS.
Investigators recently compared hand shape measurements of patients with and without carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The results showed that participants who had palms with a more square shape (palm length roughly equal to palm width) had an greater risk of being diagnosed with CTS than individuals with differing palm shapes. The authors conclude, “Hand indices that include the shape of the palm may help identify patients with greater likelihood of developing CTS for early screening and prevention.”
Current Rheumatology Reviews, August 2016 
Diet: Shopping for Fish.
Adding fish to your diet is a very healthy choice, and many health experts recommend eating fish at least twice per week. When shopping for fish, the Food and Drug Administration suggests the following: choose fish displayed on fresh ice in a case; fish should smell mild and fresh, not fishy and sour; the fish’s eyes should be clear and bulging, gills bright red, and flesh firm and shiny; avoid fish with signs of darkening or dryness at the edges; and choose shrimp of other seafood that shines and has no odor
Food and Drug Administration, August 2016 
Mental Attitude: Using Smartphones to Improve Mood.
An international study has found that smartphone-based psychotherapeutic exercises can improve one’s mood. In the study, participants were able to choose from different psychotherapeutic exercises lasting five minutes each. For example, some subjects recalled emotional experiences, while others repeated short sentences or number sequences in a contemplative manner, or played with their facial gestures. The researcher observed participants felt more alert, calmer, and uplifted after each session. Lead researcher Dr. Marion Tegethoff adds, “These findings demonstrate the viability of smartphone-based micro-interventions for improving mood in concrete, everyday situations.”
Frontiers in Psychology, July 2016 
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How Important Is The Bacteria In Your Gut

The bacteria in our gut is under appreciated. These microbiomes influence obesity, mental health, allergies, and heart health. But little is known how they begin to develop from infancy to toddler age.


Dr. Martin Blaser of New York University led one study that tracked changes in gut bacteria in infants to two years after birth. They found that the use of antibiotics reduced the diversity of bacteria that is part of a healthy microbiome. It also delayed the maturation of microbiomes that resemble adult gut bacteria.


C-section deliveries also negatively impact microbiome development in children, but to a lesser degree than prescribing antibiotics.


That’s why it’s important for doctors to find alternative treatment for bacterial infections or to make sure those infections are not a result of a virus. Using unnecessary antibiotics could affect a child’s development in ways we are just now discovering.


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The Crams – Michael, Jo, Catherine & Heidi

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Are You In Your Best Decade

You wouldn’t be unusual in assuming that our health and wellbeing tends to deteriorate as we age.  However, according to a recent survey people in their late 60s reported the greatest sense of wellbeing and happiness. This is despite the fact that most people in this decade of their lives live with a chronic health condition such as diabetes or hypertension.

The survey doesn’t outline why this age group comes out top, but plans for future research to identify this are underway.

We’d like to think that keeping active and looking after your health as a priority are key behaviours that help ensure a happy and healthy life at any age.  If you are in your sixties what do you do to keep healthy and happy?  Do you agree with the results of this survey?  Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think.

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Cram Osteopaths

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