Health news of the week 24.10.2016

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Gene therapy can help to prevent Alzheimer’s diseasealzheimer

According to recent research, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, it may be helpful a genetic treatment, associated with the use of the virus.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common diseases of dementia, because it concerns even more than 40 million people around the world, bringing the loss of memory, confusion, personality disorders or mood changes. So far, scientists have failed to discover any effective cure for this disease. The researchers seeking to find methods for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease recently began testing, the modified virus, which provides into a gene (known as PGC1-alpha) in brain cells, showed a reduction in the development of AD in mice. A virus called a lentivirus, is widely used in gene therapy, and as the first studies say, it can stop protein (amyloid beta-peptides) which are formed in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, and they are considered, to be responsible for the death of brain cells. In recent clinical studies, has managed to successfully carry out therapy in patients with Parkinson’s, which gives an excellent opportunity for the successful development of methods for the treatment of other forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

preschoolersPreschoolers deprived of sleep tend to eat more

Recent research suggests that preschool children who leave the daily nap, consume an average of 20% more calories than their peers who regularly sleep during the day.

Also, it has been shown that these children, eat up to 25% more sugars and 26% of carbohydrates. Further research also showed that even the following day, after a nap, the little ones still ate 14% more calories, including 23% more fats than normal. Sleep deprivation has an effect on appetite, not only in particular day but also in subsequent days, which may entail many side effects including weight gain. In later life (also as adults), this may be one of the leading causes of obesity. These results are comparable to those associated with deficiencies of sleep in adults. Interesting is also the fact that sleep deprivation in children also has an impact on the development of their brain.

Tai chi may help alleviate the chronic neck paintai-chi

Thai chi can help relieve the persistent pain in the neck, according to new research. This technique of exercises the mind and body can also affect the improvement in chronic neck pain.

Researchers by tests carried out on 114 people within 12 weeks showed that Tai Chi could effectively prevent pain around the neck by preventing disability of the region, improving the quality of life and promoting proper posture in patients with chronic neck pain. This originating from China technique of exercise helps to improve the dynamic skeletal breath and meditation training. Tai Chi is often used for medical purposes because it has a lot of potential in the treatment of back pain, rheumatic diseases, and mental disorders.

calcium-and-heartCalcium supplements can damage the heart

People using in excess calcium supplements can increase the risk of accumulation of it in the arteries, which in turn can cause damage to the heart. Although a diet rich in this component has a protective effect, the use of its supplements without medical supervision can be dangerous.

After analyzing the medical research more than 2,700 people, researchers found that calcium supplements may damage the heart and circulatory system. It is estimated that even over 40% of adults consume supplements, to prevent osteoporosis. Hence this discovery is crucial. The effects of calcification in vascular system – especially in the elderly, in whom this element often goes to the bone tissue and accumulate in blood vessels and arteries, may impede the flow of blood and increase the risk of heart attack. Studies suggest that the risk of the likelihood of cardiovascular calcifications associated with calcium supplement in excess can be increased up to 22%.


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