"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison

Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude
High Pulse Pressure Linked to Alzheimer's Risk. New research suggests that individuals who have a high pulse pressure also have an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Pulse pressure is defined as the systolic pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) minus diastolic pressure (the latter number). The study found that patients who had higher pulse pressures were more likely to have biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid. According to study author Dr. Daniel Nation, "These results suggest that the forces involved in blood circulation may be related to the development of the hallmark Alzheimer's disease signs that cause loss of brain cells." 
Neurology, November 2013

Health Alert
Asthma Negatively Affects Fertility. A recent study reveals that women with asthma can have more difficulty conceiving a child. Researchers found that 27% of women with asthma experienced prolonged time to pregnancy, compared with 21.6% of women who do not have asthma. The study's authors say this indicates "that a systemic disease (asthma) characterized by systemic inflammation also can involve reproductive processes." 
European Respiratory Journal, November 2013

The Next Super Fruit? A new study has found buffaloberries contain large amounts of lycopene and methyl-lycopenoate, both 
of which are antioxidants and nutrients that are beneficial for overall health. This fruit grows on trees and historically was a food 
source for many Native American tribes in the northern and western parts of North America. The study suggest that buffaloberry may be successfully grown as a new commercial crop on American Indian reservations providing both valuable nutrition as well as a viable new product in areas of economic need. 
Journal of Food Science, October 2013

Exercise During Adolescence has Long-Term Effects! Leptin is a hormone secreted by fat cells that helps regulate food intake and appetite. Because obese people have more fat cells, they produce greater amounts of leptin. In time, their bodies can develop an insensitivity to the hormone and stop responding to it. New research shows that adult rats predisposed to obesity had a greater sensitivity to leptin if they ate a healthy diet and exercised during adolescence, even if they were sedentary in adulthood. If these findings translate to human subjects, it may lead educational institutions to place a greater emphasis on youth fitness as it could have long-term effects into a student's adulthood. 
American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, November 2013

The First Adjustment... DD Palmer is reported to have performed the first chiropractic adjustment on September 18, 1895. Palmer examined a partially deaf janitor named Harvey Lillard who claimed he had lost his hearing 17 years prior when he felt 
something “give” in his back. Palmer examined the area and gave a crude “adjustment” to what he felt was a misplaced vertebra in the 
upper thoracic region of the spine. Mr. Lillard observed that his hearing improved shortly thereafter. 
American Chiropractic Association

Caffeine Can Affect Sleep Hours Later. In the first study to look at the effects of caffeine given at different times before bed, it appears that consuming caffeine three or even six hours before bedtime can significantly disrupts sleep. When consumed six hours before bedtime, caffeine reduced total sleep time by more than one hour. Dr. M. Safwan Badr, President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, states, "Sleep specialists have always suspected that caffeine can disrupt sleep long after it is consumed. This study provides objective evidence supporting the general recommendation that avoiding caffeine in the late afternoon and at night is beneficial for sleep." 
Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, November 2013

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