July 14, 2011

Om!

1 Meditation Leads to Brain Health

A recent follow-up study of one conducted at UCLA that found that regular meditators had more gray matter, showed less age-related brain atrophy in those who meditate regularly. Meditators also have stronger connections between regions of the brain, which is important to relay electronic signals. Using diffusor tension imaging (DTI), a relatively new imaging mode, researchers found that meditation may actually induce positive changes in the brain. On the other hand, says study leader and meditator Eileen Luders, "It's possible that meditators might have brains that are fundamentally different to begin with.” Yet, she adds, "Meditation appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain at large.” Om ...

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Mindfulness Therapy Eases Anxiety, Improves Mood

Tags: Aging, Brain Atrophy, Meditation, UCLA, University of California at Los Angeles, Aging Brain, Diffusor Tension Imaging, Eileen Luders

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TOX3 Gene Involved with RLS

2 Restless Leg Syndrome Gene Identified

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is losing some of its mystery as scientists recently discovered two new genetic regions that have a role in the development of the neurological disease. An international consortium of scientists from Europe, Canada and the U.S. identified the new genetic risk factors for RLS, pointing some blame at the gene TOX3. They believe that carriers of the risk variants have an increased likelihood of developing the unpleasant disease that can result in severe sleeping disorders or depression. While scientists now know where to look in the genome, they're still unsure of the precise connection between TOX3 and RLS. People who suffer from RLS feel an urge to move their legs at night accompanied by tingling or prickling sensations and numbness.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Parkinson Drug for Restless Leg Syndrome

Tags: Restless Leg Syndrome, RLS, Gene Identified Rls, Restless Leg Syndrome Gene, Gentic Risks Rest Leg Syndrome, Institute of Human Genetics, PLoS Genetics, TOX3

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Higher Levels, Lower Risk

3 Dietary Vitamin C Linked to Cataract Risk

A study in India involving over 5,600 older individuals shows an inverse correlation between vitamin C levels and the risk of cataracts. After gathering information on diet and lifestyle, blood samples were taken to measure vitamin C levels. Twenty-five percent of participants had the highest levels, half were deficient because they had levels below 11 micromoles per liter and about a third had undetectable levels. Those with the highest levels had a 39 percent decreased risk of developing cataracts. The average in the high vitamin C group was only a little more than half of what is considered high in the U.S. and Europe. Researchers stress that the results do not prove that the antioxidant prevents cataracts and are not sure if these results have significance beyond India.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Organic Strawberries Are Higher in Vitamin C

Tags: Cataract Risk Factors, Cataracts, Vision Loss, Vitamin C, Vitamin C Levels, Vitamin C and Risk of Cataracts, Vision Loss in Older Adults

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