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New research has identified the way age impairs the ability of the circadian clock in mammals to reset itself when exposed to light, resulting in disruption to sleeping patterns and consequent threats to wellbeing.

Researchers, led by a University of Kent neurophysiologist, found that aging results in a significant reduction in sensitivity to light in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

The breakthrough could help target treatments that aim to improve both physiological and behavioral circadian clock “resetting” in older people. Gurprit Lall, PhD, of the Universities Medway School of Pharmacy, and other members of the research team, explored alterations in one of the pathways in the part of the brain controlling circadian rhythms. They found that a glutamate receptor (NMDA), used to transit light information, became less effective in resetting the circadian clock as part of the aging process.

Source: Science Daily,


You’ve heard it countless times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But here’s even more reason to scramble those eggs …. new research suggests that missing your morning meal could lead to cardiovascular issues like Atherosclerosis. A study of over 4,000 participants with no cardiovascular symptoms confirmed that those who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to suffer from hardened, narrowed arteries. Yet simply opting for a quick bite doesn’t cut it either. Researchers found that those who only consumed a light breakfast ( think toast and coffee) had a higher incidence of Atherosclerosis too. The health risks didn’t stop there : People who skipped breakfast entirely were more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle overall, including generally poor diet, frequent alcohol consumption, and smoking. They were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and be overweight or obese, as well.


Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

A new study finds that female veterans-one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the veterans administration (VA) health care system- experience improvement in low-back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association(ACA).

Published in the Journal of  Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability. “Although further research is warranted”, the study said, “chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population”.

Lovers of Indian food, give yourself a second helping: Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin- the substance that gives Indian curry its bright color- improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to the results of a study conducted by UCLA researchers.

The researched, published online January 19, 2018, in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, examined the effects of an easily absorbed curcumin supplement on memory performance in people without dementia, as well as curcumin’s potential impact on the microscopic plagues and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Found in tumeric, Curcumin has previously been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in lab studies. It has also been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have lower prevalence to Alzheimer’s disease and better cognitive performance.


Source: Science Daily,


A Growing Epidemic

How serious is the threat of diabetes? Nearly 1 in 3 Americans has the disease or prediabetes,according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released in July 2017.

The Report found that as of 2015,30.3 million Americans-9.4 percent of the U.S. population-had diabetes.Another 84.1 million had prediabetes,a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.

While the report found that the rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady,the disease is a growing health problem.It was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015.

Worker’s Comp Ohio

Ohio residents with work-related injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest,physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers,according to a ground breaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the over prescribing of opiods,but this guideline isn’t settling well with everyone.

Washington,Colorado and Minnesota already restrict injured-worker payments for back surgery,officials said, but the Ohio policy,which went into effect January 1,goes further by embedding an opiod warning specifically into its surgical restriction.The state has been among the hardest hit by the overdose crisis.

At issue is a procedure in which portion of the patients spine are permanently fused to address certain conditions, including degenerative disc disease and severe chronic low-back pain. In Ohio,such surgeries are preformed about 600 times a year.

The new rule at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation,the nation’s largest state run injured-worker fund,requires an injured worker to undergo at least 60 days of alternative care-while avoiding opiod use,if possible-before resorting to spinal fusion surgery,with a few exceptions for the most severe back injuries. By including the opiod warning,it’s a more aggressive restriction than other states that also decline to pay immediately for the surgery.


Source: Associated Press,

Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.

In 2001, researchers at Duke University’s Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, reported that spinal manipulation resulted in improvement for headaches originating in the neck.  For tension headaches, Chiropractic adjustments offer a longer period of relief,with fewer side effects, than a commonly prescribed medication.

In 2000, Tuchin et al conducted a randomized control trial of Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy showed significant improvement in migraine frequency,duration,disability, and medication use.The results were published in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.


By Kevin Wong, DC

Preventing Cancer with Food

A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry lends further support to the already compelling evidence that a medicinal ingredient found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (cabbage,cauliflower,Bok choy,Brussels sprouts,turnips) exerts significant anti-cancer effects.

This study showed that sulforaphane exerted a key epigenetic effect that greatly inhibited human prostate cancer cells from forming colonies. But many other cancers are linked to the same epigenetic switch, suggesting that sulforaphane may also provide protection against brain,lung,colon,breast, and stomach cancer,as well as chronic lymphocytic lukemia.


By James P. Mechino,DC,MS

The Cifuentes,Willets, and Wasiak Study (2011) concluded that chiropractic care,during the health-maintenance care period, resulted in:


  • 24% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to physical therapy.
  • 250% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to medical physician’s care.
  • 5.9% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care with physical therapy.
  • 30.3% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care with medical physician’s care.
  • 32% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to physical therapy care.
  • 21% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to medical physician’s care.

Senator co-sponsored bill that hindered DEA

Washington- Marco Rubio isn’t saying much about his role in passage of a controversial law that former Drug Enforcement Agency officials said tied their hands from cracking down on drug distribution companies that sent millions of opioids to corrupt doctors and internet pharmacies.

The Florida Republican was one of four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) to co-sponsor the legislation written by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch,Known as the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.

A report by The Washington Post/60 Minutes Sunday interviewed a number of DEA officials who said the measure authored by Hatch in the Senate and Pennsylvania Republican Tom Morino makes it harder for the DEA to halt drug shipments that posed an “immediate danger” to the community.

The bill passed without opposition in both chambers .

Source: Ladyard King USA Today Network-Florida