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Health & longevity news archive: November-December 2009





DNA
Scientists crack 'entire genetic code' of cancer
(Dec 18, 2009)


Scientists have unlocked the entire genetic code of two of the most common cancers – skin and lung – a move they say could revolutionize cancer care. Not only will the cancer maps pave the way for blood tests to spot tumors far earlier, they will also yield new drug targets, says the Wellcome Trust team. Scientists around the globe are now working to catalogue all the genes that go wrong in many types of human cancer.

Read more. Source: BBC

Leonardo Di Caprio
People who look young for their age 'live longer'
(Dec 14, 2009)


People blessed with youthful faces are more likely to live to a ripe old age than those who look more than their years, work shows. Danish scientists say appearance alone can predict survival, after they studied 387 pairs of twins. The researchers asked nurses, trainee teachers and peers to guess the age of the twins from mug shots.

Read more. Source: BBC

DNA
Mutant genes 'key to long life'
(Nov 16, 2009)


There is a clear link between living to 100 and inheriting a hyperactive version of an enzyme that prevents cells from ageing, researchers say. Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the US say centenarian Ashkenazi Jews have this mutant gene. They found that 86 very old people and their children had higher levels of telomerase which protects the DNA.

Read more. Source: BBC

fried food
Depression link to processed food
(Nov 2, 2009)


Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests. What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish actually had a lower risk of depression, the University College London team found. Data on diet among 3,500 middle-aged civil servants was compared with depression five years later, the British Journal of Psychiatry reported.

Read more. Source: BBC

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