Sad Desk Lunch (SDL) is a new term to describe the 65 percent of the workforce that eat lunch at their desks hoping to be more productive. (Prevention) Even though recent studies have shown that communal eating helps increase productivity and social bonding between employees many employees feel that skipping lunch shows they are more productive and dedicated to their work.
Men and Women differ on how they experience disease and respond to treatments. A Venus v. Mars situation it seems. According to this article, current research has shown that women process pain in a different part of their brains and that women used different immune cells to treat pain even though medical treatment for both genders was the same. How women’s bodies deal with medicine seems to be a new field of interest helping to highlight how women’s and men’s bodies interact differently when prescribed the same medicines for pain and depression.
Another research study published in the journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reported that women’s fertility increased when they exercised and improved their diets. Preconception weight loss and exercise improved women’s reproductive and metabolic health.
There is no cure for migraines but scientists have discovered potential biomarkers for migraines in the blood. 13 % of women in the US suffer from migraines. Approximately 14 million people in the US suffer from chronic headaches which has accounted for a yearly loss of 133 million work days and costs employers 13 billion US dollars.
It seems that patients diagnosed with osteoporosis are not being treated for the disease. According to this article, the Indiana University study found that men were less likely to receive treatment than women and patients with multiple chronic conditions would find their osteoporosis left untreated. The study was one of the first comprehensive data study examining data from patients in urban, rural and different ethnic groups. Research suggests that one in two women age 50 and older will break bones due to osteoporosis.
If you are a woman, higher insulin resistance can cause language problems. One interesting comment by Dr. Ekblad is that the men from the risk group usually die earlier from heart disease so are no around to develop Alzheimers. This study does not show cause and effect just correlation. The study is a warning to younger adults who have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. Dr. Ekblad states “It’s likely that simple lifestyle interventions such as physical exercise and a healthier diet will have a positive effect on cognitive skills and possibly even reduce the risk for dementia.”
The American Mindfulness Research Association shared information about a recent study published in JAMA internal medicine. The sleep study focused on older adults who reported having issues falling or staying asleep. The adults were assigned to one of two groups. The first group received 12 hours of group instruction on Mindfulness Awareness Practices for Daily Living (MAP) and were given at home assignments. In their 12 hours of instruction, they were shown how to sit, walk, move, eat and meditate. The second group focused on sleep hygeine education (SHE). The participants in the second group were instructed on sleep self monitoring, relaxation techniques and sleep hygiene strategies. The study showed that participants in the MAP group had significant improvements in their sleep, less fatigue and less depression. (Mindfulness also helps people who suffer from Insomnia.)