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Depression: It’s Not Just in Your Head, It’s Also in Your Genes

Ninety-seven healthy girls, ages 10 to 14, had saliva DNA samples taken. About half of them had moms with histories of depression, and about half had moms who did not. None of the girls had histories of depression. (1)The girls whose moms had suffered depression had significant reductions in the length of their telomeres. We [...]

How standing might be the best anti-ageing technique

Spending less time on the sofa lengthens "telomeres"-the caps on chromosomes which protect the genetic code inside. The best anti-ageing technique could be standing up, scientists believe, after discovering that spending more time on two feet protects DNA. A study found that too much sitting down shortens telomeres, the protective caps which sit at the [...]

Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging

A small pilot study shows for the first time that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support may result in longer telomeres, the parts of chromosomes that affect aging. via Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging | ucsf.edu.