August 21, 2011

Love Heals

1 Happy Marriage Helps Heart Patients

Happily married people who've had coronary bypass surgery are more likely to survive longer after surgery than unmarried counterparts, find researchers at the University of Rochester. The research, published in Health Psychology, reveals that patients with a supportive spouse were more than three times as likely to survive 15 years after their bypass surgeries. Study coauthor Harry Reis says that marital satisfaction is just as important to survival after bypass surgery as factors like high blood pressure, obesity and tobacco use. The quality of the marital relationship is even more important for women than men. An unhappy marriage provides almost no survival bonus for women, but a happy marital relationship increases a woman's survival rate almost fourfold.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Marriage Benefits Physical Health, Health Psychology, Coronary Bypass Surgery Survival, School of Nursing at the University of Rochester, Importance Supportive Spouse

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One Protein in All Three Forms

2 Protein Recycling Pathway Mutated in ALS

New research has revealed the presence of the same mutation in sporadic, hereditary and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the version that attacks the brain. The protein that normally recycles proteins in neurons of the brain and spinal cord which keep the cells healthy is mutated so it cannot degrade the damaged neuronal proteins which are recycled and used to synthesize new, functional proteins. These abnormal proteins accumulate and damage the neurons in this debilitating and fatal neurodegenerative disease. Researchers are very excited about this discovery which gives them an opportunity to develop drugs that target this pathway in ALS patients and may provide insight into other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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

Previously: Stem Cell Treatment Used on First Human Patients

Tags: ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Protein Recycling Pathway, Protein Degradation, ALS and Protein Recycling, Sporadic ALS, Hereditary ALS, Neurodegenerative Diseases and Protein Recycling, Neurodegenerative Diseases

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