Weekly Health Update: August 6th, 2012

Mental Attitude
Stress and Violence. Children exposed to community violence exhibit a physical stress response for up to a year, suggesting that exposure to violence may have negative long-term health consequences. In the short-term, violence is linked with aggression, depression, post-traumatic stress symptoms and academic and cognitive difficulties. 
Journal of Adolescent Health, July 2012

Health Alert
Health Care Costs For Kids. In 2010, per capita spending on children's health care increased to $2,123 
(an 18.6% increase from 2007), with spending on health care for infants and toddlers being noted as disproportionately 
high. Even though children below the age of 3 made up 17% of the covered child population, they cost the 31.4% of the 
total amount for children's health care, with per capita spending reaching $3,896 in 2010.   
Health Care Cost Institute, July 2012 

Eating Fish! Regular fish consumption can decrease colorectal cancer risk by 12%. 
American Journal of Medicine, June 2012 

Eat Less, Move More, and Live Longer. In a study on dietary restriction (DR) involving fruit flies, the flies 
that were also physically active experienced longer lives. This study establishes a link between DR-mediated metabolic 
activity in muscle, increased movement and the benefits derived from restricting nutrients. Flies on DR who could not 
move or had inhibited fat metabolism in their muscle did not exhibit an extended lifespan. If this finding extends to 
humans, then simply restricting nutrients without physical activity may not increase longevity.  
Cell Metabolism, July 2012

Good Vibrations. The health of your joint cartilage is improved with vibratory motion. Vibrations allow the hyaluronic acid to be directed evenly among chondrocytes and the extracellular matrix, thus improving delivery of nutrients to chondrocytes in deeper layers and improving transportation of waste products. The average 70 kg (154 lbs) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized) every day. 
Arthritis & Rheumatism, 2006

No Warning! Heart disease is the #1 killer today, and 60% of the time there are no warning signals! 
American Heart Association

“If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, 
they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.” 
~Thomas A. Edison

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