Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude
Anxiety is a Greater Risk Factor for Suicide. Four recent studies that included over 320,000 adults found that people with anxiety have a greater risk of suicidal thoughts than those suffering from depression. 
Depression and Anxiety, March 2013

Health Alert
Urinary Track Infections on the Rise! In 1997, emergency departments recorded over one million visits and 100,000 hospitalizations for urinary tract infections (UTIs). In 2009, that number rose to 2.7 million emergency room visits and 450,136 admissions. The dramatic rise in UTIs could be associated with an aging population, increased levels of diabetes, and antibiotic resistance. 
Henry Ford Health System, October 2013 

Kids Eating More Fruits and Vegetables. A recent analysis of 35,000 11-16 year olds shows that fruit consumption increased from 2-4 days a week in 2001 to 5-6 days a week in 2009, while vegetable consumption increased from 2-4 days a week in 2001 to nearly 5 days a week in 2009. 
Pediatrics, September 2013 

Finding the Right Mobile App to Reach Weight Loss Goals. In the effort to lose weight, numerous people have turned to their electronics for help. While many smartphone apps are available to assist in weight loss, most lack the evidence-based behavioral tools necessary to help people reach their goals. However, there are some apps available with useful components like barcode scanners, social networking, calorie tracking, email and text reminders, and calendars. According to a study that will be published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the top two rated weight loss apps were MyNetDiary (free) and MyNetDiary PRO ($3.99). University of Massachusetts Medical School, October 2013 

Adjustments Effective for Spinal Pain. A two-week study that included 183 patients with spinal pain revealed that patients who received chiropractic adjustments were more likely to have global improvements in pain and physical function than patients who received sham (placebo) adjustments. After just two treatments, 48% of the chiropractic patients reported global improvement compared to 25% of the sham group. Satisfaction was 78% for the 
chiropractic group and 56% for the sham group. 
Spine, September 2013

Living Longer and Healthier. Americans are living longer and reporting fewer symptoms of disease compared to one generation ago. Researchers say the change is likely the result of improvements in health care and the fact that more conditions are treatable today compared to just 25 years ago. 
American Journal of Public Health, September 2013 

“Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret was how much 
I believed in the future.” 
~ Jonathan Safran Foer

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