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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

The Habit of Sleeping With Lights on At Night Has An Adverse Effect on Our Health

Some people like to sleep in the dark at night while some sleep with the lights on. It all has its own exes. But these conditions have an impact on our health.

Recently, a research has been told that even if you sleep in low light at night then it has negative effects on health. So you should make a habit of sleeping in the dark.

In the US, according to researchers from Northwestern University, if we sleep with dim lights on, our cardiovascular function is negatively affected and insulin resistance increases the next morning.

Dr. Phyllis G., chief of sleep medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, said that if you sleep in dim light, there may be disturbances in glucose and cardiovascular regulation, which can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other metabolic syndromes.

On the basis of these study findings, it is said that while sleeping at night, either turn off the light completely or keep the light at least.

This research study was published in the journal PNAS. Comparative study of the effect of moderate light and dim light on the body of participants involved in this study was done while sleeping.

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Researchers found that people who slept in moderate light, their bodies were on more alert mode. In this condition, the heart contracts as the heart rate increases and the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the blood vessels is obstructed.

Daniella Grimaldi, assistant research professor of neurology at Northwestern University, says, 'Even when you are sleepy, your atonic nervous system remains active, which cannot be said to be good for health'.

Heart rate and other cardiovascular measurements are generally higher during the day and lower at night.

The researchers also found that those who slept with the lights on at night were found to have increased insulin resistance the next day. Insulin resistance refers to when muscles do not respond normally to fat and liver and the body is unable to use blood glucose to provide energy. To deal with this condition, the pancreas in our body has to make more amount of insulin. Because of this, the blood sugar level rises over time.

According to Dr G., simple things like sleep, nutrition, exercise, staying light during the day are important for us, but in our research we found that even normal intensity light at night negatively affects endocrine health.

The findings of this research are also important because light pollution is increasing rapidly in modern society.

Nowadays, different types of bulbs are used in bedrooms too which are ultimately having a negative effect on our health.

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