Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude
How Deployments Affect Teenaged Children in Military Families. Using data from the California Healthy Kids Survey, researchers found that teens who experienced just one military deployment of a family member were 40% more likely to feel sad or hopeless, 24% more likely to have suicidal thoughts, and 15% were more likely to be depressed than teens with no family members in the military. At two deployments, 56% were more likely to feel sad or hopeless, 34% were more likely to have suicidal thoughts, and 41% were more likely to have depressive symptoms. 
Journal of Adolescent Health, November 2013

Health Alert
Gun Violence Has Tripled in PG-13 Movies Since 1985. Since the inception of the PG-13 rating in 1985, gun violence in PG-13 films has steadily increased. Researchers have determined that PG-13 movies now contain as much gun violence as R-rated movies. Pediatrics, November 2013 

Diet
FDA Wants To Eliminate Use of Trans Fats. The Food and Drug Administration is moving to label partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) as “not generally recognized as safe” for use in food. Trans fats have been removed from many processed foods over the years but are still found in foods such as margarine, microwave popcorn, and some desserts. FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg says that eliminating trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year. 
The Food and Drug Administration, November 2013

Exercise
Depression in Teens Eased by Exercise. According to new research, teens who exercised three times a week for three months saw a significant boost in mood, with depression severity decreased by 63%. Study author Dr. Robin Callister concludes, "Exercise has so many advantages as a therapy: It is non-drug, has few side effects and has countless other health benefits. But it has never been tested in youth as treatment for depression." 
New York Society for Neuroscience, November 2013 

Chiropractic
Cost Effective for Neck and Back Pain. A review of eight clinical and economic databases, as well as relevant systematic reviews, supports the use of spinal manipulation as a cost-effective treatment for neck and back pain when used alone or in combination with other techniques compared to general practitioner care, exercise, and physiotherapy. 
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, October 2012 

Wellness/Prevention
Protect Your Hearing. Many people consider hearing loss to be a normal part of the aging process but new research finds this may not always be the case. An analysis of 20 years of data on nearly 70,000 women found that females who are overweight (BMI = 30-35) have a 17% greater risk of hearing loss compared to women with a healthy weight (BMI = 20-25). Furthermore, women who walk two or more hours per week are 15% less likely to suffer hearing loss than women who walk under one hour per week on average. 
The American Journal of Medicine, December 2013

Quote
“It sounds cliche, but success is your friends, your family, 
what you do, and if you're happy when you wake up.” 
~ Michael Pitt


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