Yoga and Meditation can change your genes, study shows

Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review suggests that these and other mindfulness exercises can actually reverse stress-related changes in genes linked to poor health and depression.

In the new paper, published in Frontiers in Immunology, British researchers analyzed the findings from 18 previously published studies—involving a total of 846 people—on the biological effects of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, Qi gong and Tai Chi. Together, the authors say, the studies show that these mind-body exercises appear to suppress the expression of genes and genetic pathways that promote inflammation. Continue reading “Yoga and Meditation can change your genes, study shows”

Dying is a happier experience than most people imagine

Dying is a more positive experience than most people imagine, psychologists have claimed.

A recent YouGov survey found 68 per cent of people in Britain fear death – but according to the authors of new study, dying is “less sad and terrifying – and happier – than you think”.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina analysed blogs written by terminally ill patients and last words of prisoners on death row. Continue reading “Dying is a happier experience than most people imagine”

This new gene therapy could help ‘turn-off’ asthma!

Sydney: A new gene therapy has been developed by a team of researchers that could help to ‘turn-off’ the immune response which causes allergic reaction such as asthma, or potentially lethal food allergies.

Ray Steptoe, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia said,”When someone has an allergy or asthma flare-up, the symptoms they experience results from immune cells reacting to protein in the allergen.”

The study showed that the single treatment may give life-long protection from asthma as well as those who have severe allergies to peanuts, bee venom, shell fish and other substances by de-sensitising the immune system to tolerate the protein. Continue reading “This new gene therapy could help ‘turn-off’ asthma!”

How one death saved seven lives

A seven-year-old boy’s heart has finally stopped beating 22 years after he was shot dead.

Nicholas Green, from the US, was killed during a holiday in southern Italy in 1994 when attackers mistook his family’s rental car for one involved in a jewellery heist.

His brave parents opted to donate their son’s organs and his heart, corneas, kidneys, liver and pancreas were given to seven people in desperate need – changing their lives forever. Continue reading “How one death saved seven lives”

The Woman with a strange “second sight”

It ranks among the most curious phenomena in cognitive neuroscience. A handful of people in the world have “blindsight”: they are blind, but their non-conscious brain can still sense their surroundings.

Milina Cunning, from Wishaw in Scotland, lost her sight in her 20s, and later realised she had this blindsight ability. She has been studied extensively by researchers.

“If I was to throw a ping pong ball at Milina’s head, she would probably raise her arm and duck out of the way, even before she had any awareness of it,” says Jody Culham, a scientist who has scanned Cunning’s brain. Continue reading “The Woman with a strange “second sight””

Fear of talking about dying ‘leading to thousands of traumatic hospital deaths’

Thousands of cancer patients would prefer to die at home but are forced to suffer “traumatic” deaths in hospital, according to Macmillan.

Taboos around talking about death are fuelling a “crisis of communication” in the UK that prevents people from planning their final days, warned the organisation in a new report.

Research by the charity found that while 38 per cent of people who die from cancer die in hospital, just one per cent would choose to do so, with 64 per cent saying they wanted to die at home. Continue reading “Fear of talking about dying ‘leading to thousands of traumatic hospital deaths’”

45 minutes’ exercise a week boosts brain power in over-fifties

Just 45 minutes of exercise a week boosts the brain power of people in their fifties and over, major new research has revealed.

A review of dozens of previous studies found that even one session of moderate aerobic and resistance activity is enough to enhance people’s alertness, decision-making and memory.

Scientists have long believed that exercising slows down the cognitive decline that occurs naturally as people move from middle to old age, however the new analysis is the first of its kind to show that brain power actually improves from staying fit. Continue reading “45 minutes’ exercise a week boosts brain power in over-fifties”

How stress causes heart attacks and strokes

The reason why stress causes heart attacks and strokes may finally have been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes that it could be prevented.

For years experts have puzzled as to how chronic anxiety leads to heart problems.

But now scientists have found that people who have heightened activity in a part of the brain linked to stress – the amygdala – are more likely to develop cardiovascular events. Continue reading “How stress causes heart attacks and strokes”

Aging may be reversible, according to scientists

Getting old may not be inevitable — scientists have found a way to turn back the clock on human and animal cells, making them look and behave like younger versions of themselves.

The researchers also used the method to treat mice with a rare disease that causes them to age prematurely and die early, and found that the method increased the animals’ lifespan by 30 percent. And, when normal mice received the treatment, they appeared to be rejuvenated, with some of their cells healing faster than normal in response to injury. Continue reading “Aging may be reversible, according to scientists”

Eating dinner after 7pm may increase risk of heart attack

Millions of Britons are increasing their risk of heart attacks by eating dinner after 7pm, experts have warned.

Researchers assessed more than 700 adults with high blood pressure, to see what difference their diet and eating times made to their health.

The study examined the types of foods eaten, amount of salt consumed, whether breakfast was eaten regularly and timing of evening meals.

The research found that eating dinner late had the most significant impact on overnight blood pressure.

Having dinner within two hours of bed time did more damage than the long-established risk of having a high salt diet, the study found.

Cardiologists at the world’s largest heart conference said the study suggested that when people eat could be as important as what they eat.

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