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» Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Less Screen Time

Chronic Migraine Relief

New research has emerged indicating several therapies provided by chiropractors provide significant migraine relief.  Migraine headaches can cause severe debilitating throbbing head pain that can last for days and are neurological in nature.  This particular study evaluated women suffering from chronic migraines since women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines compared with men.  Researchers compared the outcomes in those women receiving daily neck exercises along with either soft tissue mobilization or transcutaneous occipital nerve stimulation (applying a TENS unit to the upper neck region).  Both treatments were found to reduce head and neck pain, improve sleep as well as quality of life in those chronic migraine sufferers.  Soft tissue mobilization, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and implementation of therapeutic exercises are all common chiropractic therapies (where permitted by law) in addition to chiropractic adjustments.  If you are suffering from acute or chronic migraine headaches, contact your local chiropractor and setup a consultation to see if chiropractic can help.

Source: JMPT. Volume 45, Issue 6, P436-447

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Superbugs and the Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

For years, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs," have raised growing concerns both inside the medical industry and out. These discussions have lead to increased awareness about unnecessary antibiotics use as a significant contributor to this resistance. Despite this, the widespread use of antibiotics in both humans and agriculture, and inadequate research on new antibiotics, has resulted in more antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

Last month, the American Society for Microbiology reported a bacterial infection within the United States that was resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. "The recent discovery of a plasmid-borne colistin resistance gene, mcr-1, heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria," wrote the researchers. Such bacteria have also been found in Europe and elsewhere, highlighting the importance of a global-scale focus on research and minimization of antibiotics use. But individuals are also called upon to lead healthy, active lifestyles to do their part. Healthy individuals with strong immune systems are more likely to fight off infections without antibiotics and less likely to spread infections to others. Maintaining individual health can help bolster health at the population level, protecting large groups of people from the effects of resistant strains of bacteria.

Source: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Online; May 26, 2016.

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Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Less Screen Time

A new doctor-authored resource for parents has some surprising news: Parents should limit their own screen time as well as their kids'. Here's why: Kids often mirror their parents' words and actions. According to Dr. Jenny Radesky, a co-writer of the resource in JAMA Pediatrics, this includes how parents interact with their smartphones – and how often. Dr. Radesky's research on the subject has revealed that parents preoccupied with their phones typically engage in less one-on-one interactions with their children, have more parent-child conflicts, and run into more behavioral issues with their kids. She also cites previous studies on TV-watching and parenting with similar results – parents who watched more television had kids who watched more television. Luckily, the parental resource Radesky co-authored with Dr. Megan Moreno has some suggestions for limiting your screen time and strengthening your family relationships. For instance, they recommend stepping back from your phone in instances where you would usually turn to it for stress-relief, distraction, or to avoid conflict. Instead, try something else, like breathing deeply. Engage with those around you and give them your full attention. The doctors promote establishing specific times when the whole family can unplug and do a single activity together. They also advise avoiding behaviors you wouldn’t want your kids to learn, like looking at your phone while driving your car, or ignoring others while using your phone.  In short, if you want your kids to learn good phone etiquette and safety, model it for them.

Source: JAMA Pediatrics, online August 27, 2018.

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