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Sleep Apnea Can Affect the Autonomic Nervous System

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A review of data from 71 studies suggests that obstructive sleep apnea can affect autonomic nervous system functions related to relaxation, digestion, stress response, and heart rate. The authors of the review speculate this may be the mechanism by which sleep apnea increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. Sleep Medicine Reviews, March 2021

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Vitamin D Deficiency Too Common in Hip Fracture Patients

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Blood tests collected from 268 brittle hip fracture patients revealed that almost 90% were vitamin D deficient, and half of these individuals were severely deficient. Because vitamin D is important for healthy bones, the findings suggest that improving vitamin D status in the elderly could reduce their risk for serious hip fracture.
Orthopedic Surgery, March 2021

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Teens Who Are Online a Lot Are More Likely to Become Cyberbullies

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A survey of 428 adolescents revealed that teenagers spend an average of seven hours a day online. Additionally, the more time a teen is on the Internet each day, the greater the chance they will engage in cyberbullying behaviors. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, March 2021

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Manipulation for Treatment of Lumbar Disk Herniation

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A study that included 67 lumbar disk herniation patients revealed that six spinal manipulative therapy treatments spread over two weeks not only resulted in improvements in pain and function, but also in the curvature of the lumbar spine. Spinal manipulation is the primary form of treatment utilized by doctors of chiropractic for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine. China Journal of Orthopeadics and Traumatology, January 2021

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Exercise May Slow Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s Patients

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Among a group of 173 patients with early Parkinson’s disease, researchers observed that those with a sedentary lifestyle experienced a greater decline in cognitive function over the following two years than participants who regularly exercise. Neurology, March 2021

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