Happiness genes discovered

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Why are some people happier than others? It is likely a major factor is genetic. Happiness genes have been found for the first time. In a study of 298,000 people.

The researchers found three genetic variants for happiness, two variants that can account for differences in symptoms of depression, and eleven locations on the human genome that could account for varying degrees of neuroticism. The genetic variants for happiness are mainly expressed in the central nervous system and the adrenal glands and pancreatic system.

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Potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

amyloid cleared from brain by aducanumab

Aducanumab is an exciting potentially new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and may possibly be the first potential cure.

A human monoclonal antibody, aducanumab, has been shown to remove amyloid beta plaques from the brains of patients with early or mild Alzheimer’s disease. The drug was more effective at higher doses. This was shown using PET brain scans (see below).

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To live longer, replace 1 hour of sitting with walking daily

2 seniors walking and improving their health

When it comes to staying healthy, the advice is endless - drink more water, exercise more, take your vitamins, eat oily fish, drink more coffee, drink less coffee. But a new study appears to simplify the key to long-term health; it suggests that by replacing 1 hour of sitting each day with walking, we can decrease our chance of early death by 12-14%.

 

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New Promising Treatment for Macular Degeneration

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First UK patient receives stem cell treatment to cure loss of vision caused by macular degeneration.

A patient has become the first in the UK to receive an experimental stem cell treatment that has the potential to save the sight of hundreds of thousands of Britons.

By December, doctors will know whether the woman, who has age-related macular degeneration, has regained her sight after a successful operation at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London last month. Over 18 months, 10 patients will undergo the treatment.

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Salsalate may reverse Alzheimer's memory loss

Salsalate a medication mentioned by Hippocrates may reverse Alzheimer's memory loss.

salsalate may treat alzheimer's disease

Salsalate is already used for arthritis but it could bring back memories of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

One of the world’s oldest drugs which was first mentioned by Hippocrates in the 5th Century BC could help restore memory in Alzheimer’s patients, scientists hope.

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