"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: Addicted to Google Glass? The first documented case of "Google Glass addiction" has been reported, and the 
patient’s withdrawal symptoms were reportedly worse than those seen with patients who try to stop drinking alcohol. Google Glass is a wearable computer mounted to a pair of glasses and was launched in February 2013. According to the report, the patient wore the headset 18 hours per day, only removing them to bathe and sleep. One of the paper's authors wrote, "Technology has numerous benefits to individuals and to society. However, excessive utilization of any substance, behavior, and technological device will be associated with physiological and emotional dysfunction, as observed in our patient with problematic use of Google Glass." 
Addictive Behaviors, October 2014 

Health Alert; A Humid House Poses Health Hazards. For people with asthma, dampness and mold pose serious indoor health risks. 
Experts warn that adequate heating and ventilation are crucial for an individual’s lung health. According to British researchers, the 
presence of different types of mold can result in breathing problems in people living with asthma, and it may increase the likelihood of 
actually developing the condition. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, October 2014 

Diet: How Many Miles Do You Have to Walk to Burn Off That Soda? Informing teens about how much they have to walk or run 
in order to burn off the calories in a soda or sugary drink may persuade them to consider a lower-calorie beverage, like water. A new study involved installing brightly colored signs in six stores. The signs informed consumers that a 20-ounce (~.6 liter) bottle of regular soda, sports drink, or fruit juice contained 250 calories and would require five miles of walking to burn off. Of the 35% of teens who said they saw the signs, 59% said they believed the information and 40% said they changed their purchases as a result. Study leader Dr. Sara Bleich adds, "If you're going to give people calorie information, there's probably a better way to do it. What our research found is that when you explain calories in an easily understandable way such as how many miles of walking needed to burn them off, you can encourage behavior change." American Journal of Public Health, October 2014 

Exercise: Your Walking Style May Lift Your Mood. According to a new study, the way you walk can affect your mood. In the 
study, participants were shown a list of positive and negative words and then asked to walk on a treadmill in either a happy or
depressed manner. Those who walked as if they were depressed tended to remember more negative words than those who walked in a more upbeat manner. The researchers who performed the study believe these findings suggest that a link between mood and gait that may eventually give doctors another means to help patients battling depression. 
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, October 2014 

Chiropractic: Find Pain Relief During Pregnancy. A recent news report on a local New York TV station featured a chiropractor 
discussing care during pregnancy. Approximately 50-80% of women suffer from pain at some point during their pregnancy. “I have pregnant patients [who] come for neck pain, headaches, sciatica, low back pain, rib pain, all sorts of symptoms,” said chiropractor Dr. Regina Umansky. She explained how weight gain, relaxing ligaments, and change in the center of gravity create the perfect storm for musculoskeletal pain. Adriana Clancy, a patient of Dr. Umansky remarked that activity modifications, as well as a weekly chiropractic adjustment, have made a big difference during her pregnancy. NY1, October 2014

Wellness/Prevention: Keep Kids Safe When Walking. Discussing pedestrian safety with children is essential when allowing them 
to walk to school or just around the block. Safe Kids Worldwide offers the following safety points: explain basic safety rules such as walking on the sidewalk and only to cross the street at a corner or crosswalk; tell your child not to use electronics while walking and look both ways before crossing; children under age ten should not cross a street without an adult; and make sure kids know to make eye contact with drivers and keep an eye out for cars that are turning or backing up. Safe Kids Worldwide, May 2013 

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