Weekly Health Update: Monday, October 11th, 2010

By · Monday, October 11th, 2010

Mental Attitude: Don’t Antagonize Me! Antagonistic people, and especially those who are manipulative and aggressive, have a higher risk of stroke and heart attack, due to arterial thickening, than people who are more agreeable, straightforward and compliant. Those in the lowest 10% of agreeableness were 40% more likely to show an increase in artery wall thickness. Hypertension, August 2010

Health Alert: Global Vaccine Sales Up 16% In 2009! Sales shot up to $22.1 billion, and the forecast for the next 5 years is at a compound annual rate of 9.7%. AP writes that vaccines are a “priority research area” for many pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline, which are working to boost vaccine sales in heavily populated emerging markets, including China and India. Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, August 2010

Diet: Good Chocolate Helps Your Heart. Women who eat a small amount of high quality dark chocolate every week have a reduced risk of developing heart failure. The chocolate had a much higher cocoa content than typical American dark chocolate. With one or two servings of high cocoa black chocolate (high quality chocolate) per week, women had a 32% reduced risk of developing heart failure. The women who consumed one to three servings per month had a 26% reduced risk. The women who consumed one serving or more per day experienced no reduced risk. It’s thought the additional calories gained may have been replacing more nutritious foods. Circulation: Heart Failure, August 2010

Exercise: Lifting Heavy Weights Not Necessary For Building Muscle. Most people think you need to lift heavy weights to build muscle. A new study shows similar muscle building can be achieved by using lighter weights. The secret is to pump iron until you reach muscle fatigue. Rather than grunting and straining to lift heavy weights, you can grab something much lighter but you have to lift until you can’t lift it anymore. McMaster University, Aug 2010

Chiropractic: Cost Effective. “Chiropractic care is relatively cost-effective compared with primary medical care for the treatment of chronic low back pain, particularly in the short term.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2005

Wellness/Prevention: Red Wine And Blood Vessels. Daily red wine consumption for 21 consecutive days significantly enhanced vascular function, improving the health of the cells lining the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and heart health. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2010.

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