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From eNewsletter 8/12/2019

DID YOU KNOW that a new study to be presented at CHEST Congress 2019 shows a significant decrease in teen driving accidents when school start is delayed? Researchers studied the impact of a 50-minute delay in high school start times in one of the largest school districts in the U.S.

There was a 5.25% decrease in the crash rate among teen drivers between the two academic years. This significant reduction was also seen in distraction-related accidents (8.7%) and alcohol-related accidents (20%). During this same time period, there was an increase in teen accident rates by 3.5% in the rest of the state of Virginia.


PROBIOTIC STRAINS MATTER

Steve and Bonnie: Research has demonstrated that probiotics not only help with gastrointestinal (GI) health but they also support immune health. Specifically, probiotics help reduce the incidence and duration of colds/upper respiratory illness (URTI) by almost a day, resulting in less absenteeism from work, school, or day care. Strain-specific studies have even investigated whether probiotics can mitigate the impact of the common cold on your lifestyle, particularly keeping up an active lifestyle. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in Clinical Nutrition evaluated probiotic supplementation in healthy, active adults for its effect on URTI, GI illness, and physical activity. Healthy, physically active adults 18-60 years old who exercised at least 30 minutes three times weekly were monitored for five months. The two strains used were Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bi-07. The reduction in risk for URTI was 27% in the probiotic group versus placebo. It is noteworthy that the healthy, physically active adults in this study exercised on average a half hour longer per week when consuming the probiotic strains daily. Please remember that most URTIs are caused by viruses, not bacteria, and consistent with that, antibiotics worsen or do not change the clinical outcome in URTI.

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Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can destroy a person's life. A new study shows, at the cellular level, how therapy can treat even long-term memories of trauma...This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members. You can get this article by signing up here. You can get our free eNewsletter by signing up at the top of our website.

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