Alzheimer’s will be treated or even prevented by replacing faulty genes, an expert in the disease has predicted. Men and women could be given a nasal spray packed with healthy versions of the defective genes that cause the illness.
Professor Julie Williams, of Cardiff University, said the entire population could eventually be screened in middle-age to identify those at most risk of the memory-robbing disease. They could then be given cutting-edge gene therapy and other treatments to stop the disease ever developing.
The professor, who was given a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours last year for her work on Alzheimer’s, made the prediction after jointly leading the biggest-ever study into the genetics of the disease. The landmark study, involving more than 180 researchers from 15 countries, pinpointed 11 genes that raise the risk of Alzheimer’s. The size of the collaboration allowed them to identify more genes in less than three years than have been found in the past two decades. By taking the total to 21, it also more than doubles the number of known Alzheimer’s genes, the journal Nature Genetics reports.
Healthy people should not take aspirin to ward off heart attacks and cancer, according to the most comprehensive review of the risks and benefits. …The review, conducted by the research arm of the NHS, said it was a "fine balance" due to the dangers of bleeding in the brain and stomach. Overall it warned against taking the drug, until there was more evidence.
The drug is given to people at high risk of a heart attack or stroke as the medical benefit is clear.
Scientific American Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.
Older people with active hobbies cut their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, and their chances of dying from any cause by up to 30 per cent.
A new study found ‘working out’ in the garden or the home was as good as going to the gym for keeping the heart healthy.
Experts say it shows the benefits of active daily routines, which counteract the harm caused by sedentary lifestyles. The study monitored the heart health and daily activities of almost 4,000 people aged 60 in Stockholm, Sweden, for 12.5 years.
People who ate 1.5oz of almonds - equivalent to around 250 calories - didn't end up gaining weight or eating any more throughout the day
Eating almonds also improves Vitamin E and 'good' fat intake
Almonds keep hunger at bay because of their monounsaturated fat, protein, and fibre content
A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that the ritual of cleaning makes us more optimistic after failure. People were also more confident they could complete the task the next time. Previous research found hand washing made people feel more comfortable about decisions they had made
But there was a twist. While people who washed their hands felt better afterwards, they were also less likely to complete the task successfully next time. Dr Kaspar explained: 'While physical cleansing after failure may eliminate negative feelings, it reduces the motivation to try harder in a new test situation.' Meanwhile, the non-hand washers performed better on the next occasion.
Could taking a vitamin D pill help ease the pain of an irritable bowel? Yes says IBS sufferer Vicky Grant
'After years of symptoms, my diarrhoea, cramps, pain and bloating disappeared. I started to feel well, put on weight and my depression lifted.Posted by Jill Fallon at October 31, 2013 11:36 AM | Permalink
'It was amazing. My symptoms would flare up again though, if I forgot to take it.'
With the help of medical researchers she knew from her work at Sheffield University medical school, Vicky wrote up her experience as a case report for the British Medical Journal - she included anecdotal reports on vitamin D from blogs, which suggested it worked in 70 per cent of cases.