(Article) What you need to know about Zika virus

What you need to know about Zika virus

By – John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributing Editor for Harvard Health Publications
Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, and known only to specialists in tropical medicine. It was discovered in 1947, when scientists studying yellow fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda stumbled on a previously unknown virus in a feverish rhesus monkey. In 1958, it was shown that Zika is primarily spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito…

The vast majority of people with Zika virus are not very sick. In fact, most have no symptoms at all…

In those who do get symptoms, the most common finding is an itchy red rash. Fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, and inflamed eyes are also frequent. People typically recover in 2 to 7 days, and death is rare… READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Key facts from WHO

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Full Fact Sheet on the Zika Virus

More Info:
What the rise of Zika (and other viruses) might tell us about our planet – Harvard Health Publications
4 ways to protect your family from mosquitoes – Harvard Health Publications
Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses – CDC
Mosquito Bite Prevention – CDC

(VIDEOS) How Do Pain Relievers Work?

This is a great video that shows how and why we feel pain and how two of the most basic pain relievers work.

“Some people take aspirin or ibuprofen to treat everyday aches and pains, but how exactly do the different classes of pain relievers work? Learn about the basic physiology of how humans experience pain, and the mechanics of the medicines we’ve invented to block or circumvent that discomfort.”

While chiropractic care focuses mainly on spinal pain, the ultimate goal of chiropractic care is to help relieve pain and help restore normal function. This is our “Wellness Approach”, looking for the underlying causes of any symptoms and making whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would help “turn on the body’s natural healing ability”. If you are experience issues with pain we encourage you to contact our office for a free wellness screening.  541.223.5331

Also see this article for more information…

All those different brands, varieties, and strengths filling the shelves at the drugstore can give anyone a headache! While there may be a hundred different color boxes and bottles on the shelf, there are basically four different types of non-prescription pain-relievers, otherwise known as analgesics. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, and which works best for you will depend on your own particular health concerns. The big four are aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen. Read the full article

(Article) Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?

The posture of sitting itself probably isn’t worse than any other type of daytime physical inactivity, like lying on the couch watching “Wheel of Fortune.” But for most of us, when we’re awake and not moving, we’re sitting. This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops — “the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,” Hamilton says — leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day, and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese. Read the full article.

Some simple changes can help you combat the ill effects of sitting. Try setting a timer and standing up once an hour. Or stand up when you answer the phone at work. If you are watching TV stand up in between episodes or during commercials. Take the stairs when you can and park in the back of the parking lot when shopping. Try adding more steps, more often into your routine.

Another route is to use a stability ball instead of an office chair. If this is difficult for you at first, commit to 30 mins of chair free sitting a day for the first two-weeks. You could also switch to a standing desk or a peddle desk. There are other options too like a rocking foot rest or an app that encourages mini breaks through out the day.

And check out our previous blog for more tips. (VIDEO) Are We Sitting Too Much?

(VIDEO) Are We Sitting Too Much?

If you are like most modern workers you spend most of the sitting. Which leads to the question: Are you sitting too much?

This video breaks down the science of sitting for you.

Correct sitting posturerThe fact is that being seated all day is affecting you body more than you might realize. The Washington Post has a good article on “the health hazards of sitting” including heart disease, and diabetes.

Here is an article that lists Five free apps to help remind you to take a break. We also like Stretch Clock, which is a browser extension that pops up a video to remind you to get up and stretch. The default time is 60 mins, but we want to challenge you to set it for 30 mins for better results.

Other suggestions for helping you to move more during the workday are to stand when you are on the phone, try a standing desk or sit on an exercise ball, and to take a walk at lunch. Plus when you are seated, check to make sure you maintain good posture. Small changes can add up to big results.

If leading a sedentary lifestyle has lead to back or neck pain give us a call to make an appointment. 541.223.5331

(Article) Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

“A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont researchers shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness and difficulty getting along with others.

The study can be found in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

“Early studies suggest that physical activity can have a positive effect on children who suffer from ADHD,” said Alan Smith, chairperson of MSU’s Department of Kinesiology, who conducted the research along with lead author Betsy Hoza, a psychologist from the University of Vermont.”  Read the full article.

More Info: Studies Show Exercise Helps ADHD Kids

Exercise for Children With ADHD