:: Nuts Associate with Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes
Although once villainized, nuts have found popularity as a health food because of their healthy fats, fiber, and protein. This study found that having nuts in your diet may also decrease the risk of common chronic conditions.
:: Shoe Insoles Do Not Appear to Treat or Prevent Low Back Pain
Shoe inserts are advertised as potentially helping a number of orthopedic issues but the most common and perhaps popular one is low back pain. Unfortunately, a study from Australia found that inserts were not helpful in decreasing low back pain.
:: Smoking May Drag Out Fracture Healing
You've probably heard how smoking can affect your heart and lungs but your bones too? This randomized trial found that smokers had a greater risk of complications after a fracture than non-smokers.
:: Tai Chi May Improve Physical Function, Reduce Falls After Stroke
A stroke can create muscle imbalances and weakness that increase risk of falls and lead to further injury and extended recovery time. Physical conditioning will help improve muscle strength and function which in turn reduces the risk for falls. This trial has found that Tai Chi may be an effective option.
:: Diverse Foods Early in Life Associated with Lower Rates of Asthma and Food Allergies
Allergies and asthma are caused by an overreaction of the immune system believed to be caused by both genetic and environmental factors, perhaps factors that we come in contact early in life. This trial found that a greater variety of foods in the first year of life may be associated with lower risk of developing asthma or allergies.
:: Fruits and Vegetables Consumption Still Hold Up For Good Health
Fruits and vegetables are encouraged as the cornerstone of a healthy diet in countries worldwide because of their rich nutrition values. This study completed in England shows that this nutrition may translate to greater health.
:: Positive Mental Health Changes Found After Smoking Cessation
Most know the numerous physical benefits of quitting smoking but are reluctant to quit because they rely on their cigarettes for stress relief and decrease anxiety. However, a study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that those who quit had lower stress and anxiety levels than continued smokers.
:: Parent-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Help Children With Anxiety
Anxiety in children can not only impact their current wellness but also increase their risk of future health problems. Fortunately, therapy can be very effective, in fact, researchers from England found that a parent-led behavioral therapy program was successful at helping children manage anxiety.