Fast Facts

Daniel Redwood, DC

 

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Topics in Integrative Health Care 2013, Vol. 4(1)   ID: 4.1006



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March 10, 2013
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Twenty minutes of exercise 3 times per week improved aerobic capacity, but did not improve musculoskeletal pain and other work-related factors in a 12-week intervention.

Gram B, Holtermann A, Bultmann U, Sjogaard G, Sogaard K. Does an exercise intervention improving aerobic capacity among construction workers also improve musculoskeletal pain, work ability, productivity, perceived physical exertion, and sick leave?: a randomized controlled trial. J Occup Environ Med. Dec 2012;54(12):1520-1526.

For postmenopausal women, applied relaxation methods yielded fewer hot flashes, improved sleep and memory.

Lindh-Astrand L, Nedstrand E. Effects of applied relaxation on vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. Nov 12 2012.

For depression patients “wake and bright light” therapy was more helpful than exercise.

Martiny K, Refsgaard E, Lund V, et al. A 9-week randomized trial comparing a chronotherapeutic intervention (wake and light therapy) to exercise in major depressive disorder patients treated with duloxetine. J Clin Psychiatry. Sep 2012;73(9):1234-1242.

In a clinic setting, a 10-minute mindfulness-based body scan had immediate benefits for those experiencing chronic pain.

Ussher M, Spatz A, Copland C, et al. Immediate effects of a brief mindfulness-based body scan on patients with chronic pain. J Behav Med. Nov 6 2012.

Zinc supplementation may reduce acute lower respiratory infections in children under age 5 by more than 50%.

The efficacy of zinc supplementation in young children with acute lower respiratory infections: A randomized double-blind controlled trial," Shah UH, Abu-Shaheen AK, et al, Clin Nutr, 2012 Aug 31; S0261-5614(12)00185-9.

Increased fruit and vegetable intake was associated with improved asthma outcomes.

Manipulating antioxidant intake in asthma: a randomized controlled trial," Wood LG, Garg ML, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2012 Sept; 96(3): 534-43.

High calcium intake was not associated with coronary artery calcification.

Samelson EJ, Booth SL, Fox CS, et al. Calcium intake is not associated with increased coronary artery calcification: the Framingham Study. Am J Clin Nutr. Nov 7 2012.

Statin drugs were associated with increased diabetes rates.

Culver AL, Ockene IS, Balasubramanian R, et al. Statin use and risk of diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative. Arch Intern Med. Jan 23 2012;172(2):144-152.


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