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Rules of memory rewritten in study described as "beautiful, elegant and extremely impressive"

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What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.

The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.

One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, they found.

It had been thought that all memories start as a short-term memory and are then slowly converted into a long-term one.

Experts said the findings were surprising, but also beautiful and convincing.

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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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Proton Pump Inhibitor Indigestion drugs taken by millions linked to dementia

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A very commonly taken group of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) used to treat heartburn, acid reflux or peptic ulcers, are associated with an increased incidence of dementia by 44 per cent, a new study of people over 75 years in Germany finds.

 

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

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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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Salsalate may reverse Alzheimer's memory loss

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

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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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Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

In the UK Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells.

A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.

In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers at Imperial College found a previously unknown molecule which boosts the body’s ability to fight off chronic illnesses.

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Ignorance of tick-borne Lyme disease 'costing lives'

When Joanne Drayson regularly walked her dogs in the woodland near her home in Guildford, Surrey, UK she was unaware that a tick the size of a poppy seed would infect her with a serious and debilitating disease.

lyme disease - picture of tick feeding on human leg

"I had this strange symptom, which I can only describe as whole body rigidness. It kept recurring," she says.

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