Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude
Does Spanking Cause Criminal Behavior? Data on 11,408 college students across 15 countries reveals that those who were spanked by their parents during childhood were more likely to commit crimes involving physical assault in young adulthood. According to Dr. Murray Straus, the co-director of the Family Research Laboratory, "Most people will find these results hard to understand because parents spank to correct misbehavior and to teach the child to be law-abiding citizens… Children need lots guidance and correction, but not by being physically attacked under the euphemism of 'spanking.'" 
University of New Hampshire, November 2013

Health Alert
Definite Association Found Between ACE Inhibitors and Acute Kidney Injury. Scientists have found an association between ACE inhibitors and acute kidney injury. These medications are used to treat common conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney disease. Researchers estimate that one in seven cases of acute kidney injury is due to these prescriptions. 
PLoS ONE, November 2013

Health Benefits of Wild Blueberries. New research shows that regularly consuming wild blueberries may help improve, and may prevent, pathologies associated with metabolic syndrome. A study on rats showed that consuming the human equivalent of about two handfuls of wild blueberries for eight weeks helped regulate and improve blood flow and blood pressure in the subjects with metabolic syndrome. 
The Journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, November 2013 

Today's Kids are Less Fit. A study involving data on 25 million children (ages 9-17) in 28 countries finds that today's children have lower levels of cardiovascular fitness than their parents and grandparents had in their youth. Researchers looked at cardiovascular endurance, or how far a child could run in a set period of time, and found that scores have declined 5% each decade since the 1960s. Kids today run the mile (~1.6 km) a minute and thirty seconds slower than children did in the 1980s. 
American Heart Association, November 2013

Promotes Wellness. “It is hypothesized that because spinal manipulative therapy brings a joint to the end of the paraphysiological joint space to encourage normal range of motion, routine manipulation of asymptomatic patients may retard 
the progression of joint degeneration, neuronal changes, changes in muscular strength, and recruitment patterns, which may 
result in improved function, decreased episodes of injuries, and improved sense of well-being.” 
Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, December 2011

Regular Eye Exams Important for Diabetics. According to a new survey, diabetics are not undergoing regular eye examinations even though diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss. A survey revealed that 25% of diabetics fail to get a recommended annual dilated eye exam. Experts say this simple exam could significantly reduce the risk of vision loss or blindness in individuals with diabetes. 
Diabetic Connect, November 2013

“You always pass failure on your way to success.” 
~ Mickey Rooney 

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