Show Notes for November 23, 2012

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Spinal Curves and Heredity
  • Wild Blueberries and DNA Oxidization
  • And Finally, a Story about Soft Drinks and Strokes


For HealthBeat, Wishing our American listeners a Happy Holiday weekend, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #385, recorded November 23, 2012.

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Spinal Curves and Heredity

Research using information from the TwinsUK adult twin registry in the United Kingdom finds that spine curvature is inherited and associated with lumbar disc degeneration.

The curve highly correlated with adjacent curves, but not with more distant curves and all the curves were heritable… “Bone mineral density and lumbar disc degeneration influenced thoracic and lumbar curves, respectively.”

The authors discovered lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis increased with age and spine curvature was heritable at a rate of 59% for lumbar lordosis and 61% for thoracic kyphosis. Spinal curves were correlated with adjacent curves, but not more distant curves.

The data supported the commonly held clinical view, which is that thoracic kyphosis is most commonly influenced by bone mineral density and that lumbar lordosis was significantly associated with a number of features of disc degeneration including disc signal intensity and osteophyte formation.

The authors plan to identify genes associated with lumbar disc degeneration to gain a better understanding of the degenerative process.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.healio.com/orthopedics/spine/news/print/orthopedics-today/%7BC34BC384-DDD5-43B7-A7E2-00D9B31D5BFE%7D/Twin-spine-study-indicates-that-spine-curvature-is-heritable

 

 

 

Wild Blueberries and DNA Oxidization

Wild blueberries (WB) (Vaccinium angustifolium) are rich sources of polyphenols, such as flavonols and phenolic acids, reported to decrease the risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

A recent study in the Euro Journal of Nutrition investigated the effect of regular consumption of a WB or a placebo (PL) drink on markers of oxidative stress, inflammation and endothelial function in subjects with risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The study concluded the consumption of the Wild blueberries drink for 6 weeks significantly reduced the levels of oxidized DNA bases and increased the resistance to oxidatively induced DNA damage.

Future studies should address in greater detail the role of Wild blueberries in endothelial function.

Remember to discuss all Nutritional Recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links –

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?db=pubmed&cmd=search&term=Effect+of+a+wild+blueberry+%28Vaccinium+angustifolium%29+drink+intervention+on+markers+of+oxidative+stress,+inflammation+and+endothelial+function+in+humans+with+cardiovascular+risk+factors

 

 

 

Soft Drinks and Stroke

Soft drink intake has been associated with obesity and diabetes, but its relation with risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is limited.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the association between soft drink intake and risk of CVD in a Japanese population.

This was a prospective study in 39,786 Japanese men and women aged 40–59 y in which soft drink intake was determined by using a self-administered food-frequency questionnaire. Follow-up was from 1990 to 2008.

Results of the study found that soft drink intake was positively associated with risk of total stroke and more specifically ischemic stroke for women …

A non-significant inverse trend for risks of total and ischemic strokes was shown for men, and it was weakened after the exclusion of early incident cases or after the exclusion of participants with baseline comorbidities.

The study concluded that soft drink intake is associated with higher risk of ischemic stroke for women.

Remember to discuss all Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Health Care provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/10/17/ajcn.112.037903.short

 

 

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.

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