This month’s issue has some recent articles relating to your health that you should enjoy reading. As more health studies are conducted, we learn of potential threats that are by-products of some of today’s technological advances. A general conclusion you could draw from these studies is that some scientific advances can contribute some long-term side effects that may not become evident for many years.
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Holding in Anger Increases Pain Massage therapists are aware of how emotions can be held in the body and sometimes released by the client in session. In new research, investigators found that the intentional suppression of anger results in increased pain and blood pressure.
"Suppression of anger may be linked to heightened pain report and pain behavior during a subsequent painful event among chronic low-back patients," the researchers noted in an abstract published in www.pubmed.gov.
For the study, chronic low-back pain patients were assigned to Suppression or No Suppression conditions for a cooperative computer maze task during which a confederate harassed them.
During baseline and maze task, patients' lower paraspinal and trapezius muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate were recorded, according to the abstract. After the maze task, patients underwent a structured pain-behavior task.
Results indicated that the subjects who suppressed their anger experienced greater lower paraspinal muscle tension and systolic blood pressure increases during the maze task than did the nonsuppressors.
"Results suggest that suppression-induced lower paraspinal muscle tension and systolic blood pressure increases may link the actual suppression of anger during provocation to signs of clinically relevant pain among chronic low-back pain patients," the researchers noted.
"Suppression of anger and subsequent pain intensity and behavior among chronic low back pain patients: the role of symptom-specific physiological reactivity" was conducted by researchers at the Department of Behavioral Science, Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, Illinois, and published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
For Better Living ... What wrinkles reveal -- A glance in the mirror may be enough to gauge how likely you are to suffer bone fractures as you age. A new Yale University study shows that the deeper a middle-aged woman’s facial wrinkles appear, the weaker her bones are. Researchers tested postmenopausal women in their late 40s and early 50s and found a link between wrinkles and osteoporosis, regardless of whether the women smoked, took vitamins, exposed themselves to the sun, or were overweight. The reason may turn out to be that firm skin and strong bones are both built by collagen, a protein our body begins to lose as we get older. Study author Lubna Pal tells ABCNews.com that confirming a link between wrinkles and bone health could help doctors identify and treat osteoporosis among older patients. The condition currently requires an expensive diagnostic test, so it oft en goes unnoticed until a person breaks a hip or a leg. But “if things on the outside of us can indicate a risk to things inside,” Pal says, “osteoporosis may not be such a silent disease.”
– The Week Vol 11 Iss 520
Gadgets are ruining our sleep -- Why do more than 40 percent of Americans say they don’t get enough sleep? One likely culprit: our ever-glowing screens. A new study by the National Sleep Foundation found that 95 percent of people polled had used some sort of electronic device less than an hour before bed the previous night. Light-emitting TVs, smartphones, computers, and video-game players “can suppress the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin” and rev us up, making it difficult to nod off at a restorative hour, study author Lauren Hale tells USA Today. The consequences of the national sleep deficit are both broad and alarming. Out of more than 1,500 people surveyed, 37 percent admitted to having driven while tired in the past month—the cause of 100,000 crashes and 1,550 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control a nd Prevention. Young people, the heaviest users of light-emitting gadgets, were the drowsiest, convincing Hale that the trend “could really affect the future of sleep” and “have serious consequences” for physical and mental health. Her advice: Power down before hitting the sack, and read or listen to music instead.
– The Week Vol 11 Iss 507
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
— Bertrand Russell
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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