Scientists have identified a genetic variant that is effective in protecting against Alzheimer’s risk.
Alzheimer’s is a mental illness in which the person’s memory becomes weak. It is also difficult for such individuals to recognize and interact with people. Scientists in research have identified a genetic variant that helps in inhibiting the activity of a protein called tyrosine phosphatases. This protein has been found to play an important role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Experiments on mice have also previously shown that inhibiting the activity of this protein may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. This is confirmed in humans for the first time. The results of the research are also encouraging because these can open the way to develop drugs capable of targeting this protein.
Physical activity reduces health risks in the elderly Whatever the age, physical activity always benefits. According to recent research, people who are 60 years of age or older, if physically active, reduce their risk of cancer, depression, memory problems and untimely death. Scientists have drawn this conclusion on the basis of an analysis of the data collected from various studies on the relationship between physical activity and the health of the elderly. Researcher Conor Cunningham said, “We usually see physical activity from the point of view of physical health. The analysis of different studies also revealed the relationship between physical activity and mental health. The results suggest that staying physically active may also make it possible to avoid mental illnesses such as depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, it is also helpful in protecting against the risk of untimely death.