Show Notes for October 5, 2018

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

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

  • Exercise and Improved Cognition
  • And Finally, a Story about Chiropractic and Maintenance Care

For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #648 recorded October 5, 2018

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Exercise and Improved Cognition

A new study by a Massachusetts General Hospital research team found that exercise is one of the best ways to turn on neurogenesis, the process of producing new neurons. Neurogenesis takes place in the hippocampus and striatum, and is essential to learning and memory.

Because beneficial effects on cognition are often blocked in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) due to the “hostile inflammatory environment” in the brain, the MGH team set out to see what impact adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN) has on AD pathology and if this could reduce symptoms associated with AD.

They demonstrated that exercise did, in fact, induce neurogenesis in the mouse model, and they were also able to mimic these beneficial effects through gene therapy and pharmacological agents. What they found was that the animals with AHN induced by exercise showed improved cognitive performance and reduced levels of beta-amyloid.

The new neurons in the other cohort, however, induced by gene and pharmacological therapy, could not survive in the brain already ravaged by AD.

The study concluded “the key difference was that exercise also turned on the production of brain-derived neurotrophicfactor (BDNF), which is known to be important for the growth and survival of neurons.”  BDNF helped create a more hospitable brain environment for the new neurons to survive. [Thus,] “by combining drugs and gene therapy that both induced neurogenesis and increasing BDNF production, they were able to successfully mimic the effects of exercise on cognitive function.”

Creating new nerve cells is not enough. Survival and growth of new cells is dependent on a hospitable “cleaned up” environment, which exercise was found to foster.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://info.bioticsresearch.com/researchforum/exercise-and-improved-cognition

 

 

Chiropractic and Maintenance Care

For individuals with recurrent or persistent non-specific low back pain (LBP), exercise and exercise combined with education have been shown to be effective in preventing new episodes or in reducing the impact of the condition.

Chiropractors have traditionally used Maintenance Care (MC), as secondary and tertiary prevention strategies. The aim of this trial was to investigate the effectiveness of MC on pain trajectories for patients with recurrent or persistent LBP.

The study concluded that Maintenance Care was more effective than symptom-guided treatment in reducing the total number of days over 52 weeks with bothersome non-specific LBP but it resulted in a higher number of treatments. For selected patients with recurrent or persistent non-specific LBP who respond well to an initial course of chiropractic care, Maintenance Care should be considered an option for tertiary prevention.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links –
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0203029

https://youtu.be/n2_mm04kYME

 

 

 

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

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