Don’t think sleep is important? Check out this study published in the journal Sleep. Participants who skimped on sleep were four times more likely to catch a cold. Stay healthy this winter and be sure to catch plenty of ZZZZzzzzzzzzz’s!
A study published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that acupuncture may improve the ability of Parkinson’s Disease sufferers to walk.
Researchers from the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine in Kyoto, Japan and colleagues treated 26 people with Parkinson’s with using various acupuncture points. They observed significant increases in gait speed, step length, floor reaction force and cadence after the acupuncture sessions.
The researchers recommend additional studies to further test a set time period and exclude the placebo effect, but the early results are promising.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), no. The AAP released a clinical report earlier this week recommending that pregnant women completely abstain from alcohol use.
Years of studies have shown that “prenatal exposure to alcohol can damage the developing fetus.” The effects of heavy drinking are clear, but the effects of light to moderate drinking during pregnancy have proven a little more difficult to track and quantify. The AAP report recommends a “better safe than sorry” approach and concludes that potential negative outcomes are “completely preventable when pregnant women abstain from alcohol use.”
Specifically, the report states that “during pregnancy:
- no amount of alcohol intake should be considered safe;
- there is no safe trimester to drink alcohol;
- all forms of alcohol, such as beer, wine, and liquor, pose similar risk;
- and binge drinking poses dose-related risk to the developing fetus.”
The report’s better safe than sorry approach has earned some blowback from the public, but it is worth weighing the health of your baby over the potential desired effects of alcohol. Women who use alcohol to help deal with stress, insomnia, pain or other health and well-being related issues might find just as much or more relief using acupuncture, massage, meditation or just taking it a little easier without the potential devastating side effects. To learn more about how acupuncture can help you reduce stress and deal with pregnancy related issues, contact us at (541)515-5445.
Acupuncture isn’t just for people! Athene Noctua, or “little owl” is now back in the air after 10 acupuncture treatments to help heal a back injury sustained by flying into a stove pipe.
Read the full article: Acupuncture helps sick owls return to wild in Spain
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University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher Dr. Carol Foster developed an easy, do-it-yourself maneuver to treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) after being afflicted by the disorder herself. Called the half somersault, this new exercise has been found to be effective in treating BPPV and can be easily done at home or with a doctor’s assistance. In the following video, Dr. Foster explains the basics of vertigo and how to perform the exercise.
For more information, read the study published in Audiology and Neurology comparing the Half Somersault to a traditional maneuver used to treat BPPV: A Comparison of Two Home Exercises for Benign Positional Vertigo: Half Somersault versus Epley Maneuver
Listen to the full NPR story Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk
Artificial sweeteners found in diet soda may alter our gut microbes and raise the risk of diabetes according to new research. Next time you reach for a beverage, try water.
Listen to the full NPR story: Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes