"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
Do Comedians Have Psychotic Traits? The results of an online survey designed to measure psychotic traits in healthy people show that comedians scored significantly above-average for four types of psychotic characteristics. These characteristics include the belief in paranormal events, being easily distracted, avoiding intimacy, and impulsive behavior. According to the lead-author of the study, Dr. Gordon Claridge, "[As] creative people, comedians rate highly on the same personality traits as those regularly observed in other creative individuals." 
British Journal of Psychiatry, January 2014

Health Alert
Second-Hand Smoke Leads to Hospital Readmission for Kids with Asthma. A new report claims that children with asthma are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital within a year if they're regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. The authors of the report recommend interventions such as parental counseling and contact with the primary care physician to decrease second-hand exposures from caregivers. They hope these finding will prompt insurance companies to give incentive to parents or guardians to give up smoking. 
Pediatrics, January 2014 

Foods that Offer Type 2 Diabetes Protection… According to new research, consuming high levels of flavonoids typically found in dark chocolate, tea, berries, and wine (specifically flavones and anthocyanins) can help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes. These flavonoids were found to help in reducing insulin resistance and improving blood-sugar regulation. 
The Journal of Nutrition, December 2013

Gradual Workouts Good for Patients Recovering from Concussion. For athletes recovering from a concussion, bed rest may be a thing of the past. Researchers assigned concussed patients a low-intensity, gradual workout plan and discovered that patients felt an improvement in their symptoms after three weeks with significant or total improvement after several months. Researcher Dr. Karl Kozlowski writes, “We found that gradual exercise, rather than rest alone, actually helps to restore the balance of the brain's auto-regulation mechanism, which controls the blood pressure and supply to the brain.” 
Canisius College, January 2014 

Relief for Migraines and Headaches. A systematic literature review of 21 articles suggests that spinal manipulation improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches. The authors of the review recommend the frequency, dosage, and duration of treatment should be based on guideline recommendations and the clinical experience and findings of the treating doctor. 
Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, June 2011

Vitamin D May Decrease Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Patients. Higher levels of vitamin D appear to protect Parkinson's patients from cognitive decline as well as from depressive symptoms. Previous research shows that 60% of Parkinson's patients suffer from depression and around 30% have some kind of cognitive impairment or dementia. 
Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, September 2013

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” 
~ W. Somerset Maugham

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