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March 4, 2017

On Our Radar: March 2017

Here are some health stories that are on our radar this month:

Acupuncture
Acupuncture shows promise in migraine treatment, study says
CNN's Robert Jimison reports on a new study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. According to the researchers acupuncture may be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines and preventing attacks. Read more in the CNN story.

Healthy Lifestyle
What's More Effective for Weight Loss, Eating Right or Exercising?
Dr. Mercola gives insight into the question whether eating right or exercising is more effective for weight loss. His short answer, "Exercise has been proven to be as effective (or more) than many drug treatments for common health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and depression, just to name a few. So, exercise definitely plays a role in optimal health — it's just not the central key for weight loss." Read Dr. Mercola's long explanation in his article.

Healthy Eating
Raising dietary potassium to sodium ratio helps reduce heart, kidney disease
Reducing sodium (salt) in the diet has been recommended to lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. However, in a new review article, researchers found that increasing dietary potassium is as important to improving the risk factors for cardiovascular and kidney disease as limiting dietary sodium. Read about this latest research published by the American Physiological Society in the article.

Mindfulness
New Research Finds Mindfulness Reduces Worry
In an article in Psychology Today, Dr. Marlynn Wei writes about a new study suggesting that "specific forms of mindfulness techniques can be particularly useful for reducing repetitive and intrusive negative thoughts that frequently occur in depression or anxiety." Read about the study and its findings in the article.

Cognitive Health
New study demonstrates mentally stimulating activities protect against cognitive impairment
According to a new study published in JAMA Neurology, Mayo Clinic researchers demonstrated that mentally stimulating activities reduce the risk of new-onset mild cognitive impairment even when performed later in life. Read about the study in the article.

Here's to a healthy March!

Your Santa Monica Wellness Team

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