Medical notes this week…

You may be surprised to hear that eating chicken can be just as bad for you as eating red meat… and researchers were surprised too.  Current government dietary guidelines suggest poultry is a healthier alternative to red meat. But a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating red meat and white meat from chicken both result in high blood cholesterol levels. Experts say plant proteins are the best option for keeping your cholesterol down.

A hormone released during pregnancy may be the solution to frozen shoulder, a condition of extreme stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion. Research on the hormone started after a surgeon noticed frozen shoulder patients got better when they got pregnant. Now a study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science finds that the pregnancy hormone relaxin has potential to treat frozen joints. It could be the first step in a solution to the disease.

And finally, going to live music gigs may be good for your health. A study at Goldsmith’s University of London shows that attending live concerts regularly could increase life expectancy by up to nine years. Researchers say that gig attendance is correlated with increased feelings of happiness, health, and wellbeing. In fact, only 20 minutes of gig time increases wellbeing by 21 percent. So it may be time to buy a concert ticket or two. 

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