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New gene editing tech could soon allow humans to live longer than 120 years
November 17, 2021
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A prize-winning scientist has developed ground-breaking technology to allow scientists to edit our genetic code – and edit genes like ‘volume switches’ to lengthen life. An incredible scientific breakthrough could change our understanding of genetics – and possibly lengthen human life beyond 120 years. University of Cambridge expert Sir Shankar Balasubramanian has invented a new […]
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Depression in older adults
November 17, 2021
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Some people do not take depression seriously. However, clinical depression (also called depressive disorder) is not just feeling sad or blue; it is a serious mood disorder that requires treatment. Among Americans, late-life depression affects about 6 million people of age 65 and older. But only 10% receive treatment. Even though it is a common […]
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New study offers hope of diagnosing cognitive disease in old age more easily
November 17, 2021
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Research published in the journal Nature Communications has revealed important new insights into who is at risk of decreased mental ability in old age, and offers the promise of a faster, more simple and cheaper diagnosis. Supported by the National Institute for Health Research in the UK, the study found that examining levels of a […]
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Major new study of the brain provides insights into dementia
November 17, 2021
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A large-scale study led by the University of Exeter has revealed new insights into the way genes are regulated in dementia, discovering 84 new genes linked to the disease. Published in the journal Nature Communications, the research analyzed data collected from more than 1,400 people as part of six previous studies, which made use of […]
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Dissociative amnesia
November 18, 2021
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Dissociative amnesia is a type of dissociative disorder that involves inability to recall important personal information that would not typically be lost with ordinary forgetting. It is usually caused by trauma or stress. Diagnosis is based on history after ruling out other causes of amnesia. Treatment is psychotherapy, sometimes combined with hypnosis or drug-facilitated interviews. […]
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Role of brain signals in the evaluation of Alzheimer’s disease-related conditions
November 18, 2021
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There is a large number of chemical reactions constantly happening in our bodies. Some compounds are being produced, others destroyed. Some of them also produce byproducts, accumulation of which might be harmful to the organism. In fact, a build-up of some compounds may cause various disorders, one of the examples of which is Alzheimer’s disease […]
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Early Risers Have Decreased Risk of Depression
November 19, 2021
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Concerns about mental health in general, and depression in particular, affect more and more people nowadays. There are a lot of factors that can lead to the development of depression. Some of them are genetic, and some are behavioral. In the latest study, it was shown that sleeping patterns could affect the risk of developing […]
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People with OCD Are More Likely to Suffer a Stroke
November 19, 2021
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a debilitating mental illness, driving affected people to repeatedly (compulsively) act out recurring thoughts (obsessions). On their own, they seem innocuous enough, but the compulsion to repeat them over and over again, as well as the inability to concentrate on other tasks for a long time, can be truly damaging. Besides the […]
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Analog of Psychedelics Reverses Some of the Neural Stress Damage
November 19, 2021
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Unfortunately, stress has become part of our daily lives. Even though our bodies have innate mechanisms for combating the negative effects of stress and maintaining physiological stability through the process called “allostasis,” chronic exposure to stress may lead to an overload of the body’s restoring capacity. In turn, it leads to damage of various cells […]
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Grounbreaking brain research offers stepping stone to future Alzheimer’s treatment
November 19, 2021
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Scientists at the University of Sussex have found an explanation of why the part of the brain called the hippocampus is at risk of deterioration, and in so doing have made a step towards a better understanding and possible prevention of Alzheimer’s. To answer the crucial question of why this region of the brain, sometimes […]
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