Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude: Can Fear of Crime Be a Good Thing? Adolescents who are more fearful of crime are less likely to become 
victims and offenders of violent acts. Investigators found that fearful youths tend to avoid potentially dangerous people, 
locations, and drug-related parties. Instead of trying to reduce this fear, researches suggest that law enforcement organizations 
should focus on direct anti-crime initiatives by providing details on where certain types of crimes are most likely to occur to
better inform individuals whose daily activities lead them near such areas. Justice Quarterly, August 2014 

Health Alert: Lung Cancer Rates Falling. According to researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the overall lung 
cancer rate has dropped approximately 12% over the last 30 years. However, the study found that the rates of certain types of 
cancer are increasing. One of those cancers is Adenocarcinoma, which accounts for 40% of lung cancers. Since smoking causes 
nearly 95% of lung cancer cases in the United States, researchers speculate that the overall decline is probably due to a decline 
in the number of people who smoke. They also hypothesize that the increase in Adenocarcinoma may be due to the an increased 
use of light cigarettes by smokers. Because such cigarettes are low in tar and nicotine, smokers may need to inhale more deeply
and/or smoke more to get the nicotine they crave. Cancer, August 2014 

Diet: Studies Question Need to Watch Your Salt Intake. Two new studies present a clearer picture of the relationship 
between salt and heart health. The studies found that for people younger than 55 years of age, the sweet spot for sodium intake
is 3000 to 6000 mg per day. When an individual stays within this range, their salt intake may have little impact on their 
cardiovascular health. This is good news, as 95% of Americans consume less than 6000 mg a day. The idea that that Americans 
don’t need to worry about how much salt they eat is contrary to years of past recommendations. For this reason, study author 
Dr. Suzanne Oparil concedes these studies will most likely face plenty of criticism. 
New England Journal of Medicine, August 2014 

Exercise: Dressing for Exercise. To help make your workout more enjoyable and comfortable, it is important to dress 
appropriately. The Weight-loss Information Network offers the following tips: wear loose fitting and lightweight clothes, 
choose fabrics that pull moisture away from the body, never wear plastic or rubber clothing, wear supportive shoes, wear a 
wide-brimmed hat when it is sunny and a warm hat if it is cold, and wear spandex shorts to help prevent chafing. 
Weight-Control Information Network, February 2010 

Chiropractic: Shoulder Pain and Quality of Life. Using survey data taken over the course of two to five years, researchers 
found that individuals with shoulder pain for greater than one month during the previous year reported lower quality of life 
scores than those without shoulder pain. Those who had shoulder pain and pain in other locations such as the neck, elbow, or 
hand/wrist scored even lower in metrics related to their physical and mental health. This finding underscores the importance of
keeping the body free of pain and injury in order to enjoy a higher quality of life. 
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, June 2014 

Wellness/Prevention: Can Special Bacteria Fight Cancer? Experiments involving animal subjects have found a special 
bacteria called Clostridium novyi that can be injected into solid soft tissue tumors to stimulate an anti-tumor response that 
literally eats away cancerous cells without harming the surrounding healthy tissue. Encouraged by this finding, researchers have 
commenced early human clinical trial at several sites across the United States. Science Translational Medicine, August 2014 

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