July 7, 2013

Twice the Overall Rate

1 Babies Born to Cousins Risk Birth Defects

Children of consanguineous couples, meaning that the parents are cousins, run more than twice the risk of being born with a birth defect, although the increase, a rate of six percent versus a three percent rate overall, is not great in raw numbers. The findings come from a study in Britain of a large Pakistani community, a culture wherein marriage between blood relatives is common. Most striking was the fact that among the Pakistanis, 77 percent of all birth defects occurred in babies of consanguineous parents. The defects, or congenital abnormalities, ranged from extra fingers or toes to major problems such as perforated hearts or neurological disorders. More than 1 billion people worldwide live in cultures where marriage between blood relatives is considered normal and routine.

More at Sun-Sentinel.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Birth Defects, Children of Cousins, Cousins Who Marry, Congenital Abnormalities, Pakistani Babies, Babies Born to Cousins, Consanguineous Parents

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Have a Great Memory in Old Age

2 Reading and Writing Help Preserve Brainpower

Reading books, writing, and performing other activities that stimulate the brain may help to preserve memory. According to research published in Neurology, participating in brain-stimulating activities from childhood through old age is key for a healthy brain in old age. The study involved questionnaires on habits, tests to measure thinking and memory each year for six years before death, and autopsies after death. Those who participated in mentally stimulating activities early and late in life had a slower rate of memory decline when compared to those who didn't participate in the activities across their lifetime. Autopsies examining plaques and tangles in the brain revealed that mental activity accounted for almost 15 percent of the difference in memory decline.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Your Brain in Middle Age Is Smarter

Tags: American Academy of Neurology, Neurology, Rush University Medical Center, Preventing Memory Decline, Boosting Brainpower, How Preserve Memory Old Age

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