Week Ending November 15, 2021

Poor diet may contribute to health risks for women of reproductive age with disabilities
“Women between the ages of 18-44 who reported having some type of disability, such as those related to cognition and activities of daily life, reported low diet healthfulness and low levels of food security when compared to women of the same age who did not have a disability, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2021.”

CHE professor testifies on the state of nutrition in the US
“Racial health inequities are caused not by personal choice or genetics, but by structural inequalities, a Cornell researcher told the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics and Research on Nov. 2.”

Early nutrition and epigenetic prediction of future health outcomes in humans
“Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) recently published a study on the ‘developmental origins of health and disease’ (DOHaD) hypothesis that nutrition and other environmental exposures in early life have important consequences for lifelong health.”

Sitting more linked to increased feelings of depression, anxiety
“Recently published research found people who continued to spend a higher amount of time sitting between April and June 2020 were likely to have higher symptoms of depression. A closer investigation into this association could play a role in helping people improve their mental health.”

Your Personality Could Add Years of Healthy Living
“When it comes to strategies for slowing down the aging process, exercise and nutrition are the usual suspects—but don’t ignore the power of mind over matter. Recent research shows that several personality traits predict who will enjoy health into their 80s and beyond.”

Before You Reach for That Allergy Medicine, Read This
“Heart disease and certain allergy meds don’t mix. Here’s your guide to stopping seasonal symptoms safely.”

A Key Aspect of Mindfulness Theory Is Being Misunderstood
“Mindful awareness is about both accepting and engaging with life’s challenges, and that’s what popularized concepts of mindfulness tend to miss, new research has found.”

Mindfulness linked to better psychological health a year or longer after cardiac arrest
“Cardiac arrest survivors who are more mindful, or aware of the present in a nonjudgmental way, reported fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder than survivors who are less mindful, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS) 2021.”

New UW study looks at how screens and exercise are affecting kids’ mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
“It’s probably not a big shock to learn that less screen time and more physical activity for children leads to better mental health. A recent University of Washington pediatric study backs up that theory with new details on kids’ increased problems during the pandemic.”

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet High in Veggies May Decrease Your Dementia Risk
“A new study from the American Academy of Neurology found that people who follow an anti-inflammatory diet — which is rich in fruits, vegetables, beans along with tea or coffee — have a lower risk of developing dementia later on.”

McGovern nudges medical schools to invest in nutrition education
“Medical schools should beef up curriculums to include robust nutrition education to give physicians the tools to combat diet-related conditions that cost the federal government billions of dollars each year to treat, according to House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern.”

USDA Recommends 3 Cups of Dairy Per Day. Is It Too Much?
“CNN’s segment on how inflation is affecting American families went viral after the Stotlers, a family of 11, revealed how much milk they buy every week—12 gallons.”