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Researchers Identify New Genes Linked With Schizophrenia Risk in First-of-Its-Kind Study

Researchers have made an important discovery about the causes of schizophrenia, a disease related to dementia or fragmented mentality.   Researchers have identified two genes associated with the disease as well as a third gene that carries the risk of schizophrenia and autism. Scientists involved in this research believes, this discovery can go a long way in finding a cure for these kind of diseases. Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine found that these harmful genes are almost the same in every ethnic or racial group. The findings of this research were published in Nature Genetics . According to an estimate, about one percent of people worldwide suffering from schizophrenia. The scientists identified two risky genes, SRRM2 and AKAP11, based on a comparative analysis of gene sequencing from individuals with schizophrenia and healthy individuals. It compared a dataset of 35,828 patients with schizophrenia to 107,877 healthy or control groups and included a variety of

Mental Depression Can Greatly Increase The Risk of Heart And Related Diseases

Mental health has always been said to be related to physical fitness. This has also been confirmed by scientific researches.

Recently, a new research has reported that depression in the elderly significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular (heart and arterial) diseases.

The research, led by researcher Sandra Martín Plage and her team from the University of Granada, Spain, was published in the journal PLOS One.

Cardiovascular disease and depression are believed to be closely related because of similar risk factors such as inflammation and oxidative stress. However, it has also been proven that depression can also be an important factor in increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But there have been very few studies analyzing the possible consequences of depression on cardiovascular health.

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In this new study, researchers used data from an ongoing six-year multi-center randomized trial in Spain. In this trial, the relationship of overweight with food was studied on men in the age group of 55-75 and women in the age group of 60-75. There was no cardiovascular or endocrine disease at the start of the study.

The cardiovascular risk scores of each individual in the study were calculated from the Framingham-based RegiCor Function. The participants were divided into Low-Regicore (LR), Medium Regicor (MR), High Regiscore (HR) categories in terms of cardiovascular risk.

The level of depression was measured by questionnaire at the beginning of the study and two years after that.

At the start of the study, women in the HR group were found to have a higher depressive state than the participants in the LR group. Whereas, among participants who had a lower total cholesterol level of 160 mg/mL at the start of the study, participants in the LR and HR groups had more depression than those in the LR group.

In contrast, people in the MR and HR groups who had a total cholesterol of 280 mg/mL had a lower risk of depression than those in the LR group.

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