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Researchers identify risk genes for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Dotemirates
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Researchers identify risk genes for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

The largest analysis to date of genetic data in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - the muscle-crippling neurodegenerative disease that afflicted the late astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and cut short the career of iconic Yankee baseball slugger Lou Gehrig - has identified two previously unrecognized genetic risks that are significantly associated with the disease. In the new study, published April 9 in JAMA Neurology, scientists from UC San Francisco and Washington University found that one of the newly identified ALS-associated genetic variants also is a risk factor for another neurodegenerative disease, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which typically weakens a different set of brain...


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Girl at center of court battle dies after court allows more time on life support

FORT WORTH, Texas — A 9-year-old Texas girl who was on life support and at the center of a dispute over her care has died, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports. Payton Summons' heart stopped beating around 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to her family's attorney Justin Moore.Citing Summons' parents, Moore said her heart stopped beating on its own. Summons was not removed from life support."Known by everyone as full of determination and fight she fought until her heart gave out," Moore tweeted, "After scoring a big win in the Appeals court today, she left us just a few hours later She showed...
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3 steps to help manage depression

Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. These feelings can often last for a short period of time. However, when these emotions last for many days or weeks, depression becomes a concern.According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders. Between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. Almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms.In the past, stigma surrounding depression...
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Coming clean: Public embrace for celeb addicts offers hope

Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey — herself a recovering alcoholic — at his side, the former Beatle described what it took for him to get help and called for more resources and acceptance for the treatment movement that saved their lives. "I was living my life so great," Ringo said at the recent fundraiser for the addiction advocacy nonprofit Facing Addiction...

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Astronaut recounts harrowing failed space launch

(CNN)Two minutes into his first trip to space last Thursday, US astronaut Nick Hague found himself thinking how smoothly the flight was going. "It was everything I expected it to be," he told NASA director Jim Bridenstine at Johnson Space Center on Tuesday. All was going according to plan. The Kansas native, selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 2013, was finally heading to the International Space Station. Alongside him in the cramped quarters of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft's capsule was Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. They had lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:40 pm local time....
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People Who Commute through Natural Environments Daily Report Better Mental Health

According to a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) –a centre supported by the “la Caixa” Foundation–, people who commute through natural environments report better mental health. This is the main conclusion of a research based on questionnaires answered by nearly 3,600 participants from four European cities and published in Environment International. The study was conducted within the Positive Health Effects of the Natural Outdoor Environment in Typical Populations in Different Regions in Europe project (PHENOTYPE). The 3,599 participants from Barcelona (Spain), Doetinchem (the Netherlands), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Stoke-on-Trent (UK) answered a questionnaire about their...
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Meditation can help lower eye pressure in glaucoma patients: AIIMS study

New Delhi: Meditation can help lower eye pressure in patients suffering from glaucoma, according to a recent study by doctors at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. The study was done at RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences in collaboration with Integral Health Clinic, Department of Physiology and Genetics Lab in the Department of Anatomy at the AIIMS. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in India impacting over 12 million people. In this disease, the optic nerve (the cable which connects the eye to the brain) of the eye gets damaged due to high intraocular...