Health Bits: Forever young

2013-10-25 08:54

City Press health reporter Zinhle Mapumulo’s pick of new health and lifestyle research

» Forever young

A professor of biostatistics at the University of California may have a weapon that could help those who want to remain young.

Steve Horvath discovered a biological clock embedded in human genes.

The clock can be used to determine how quickly you will age and even help scientists improve their understanding of how they can slow down the process of aging.

Horvath’s study was published in Genome Biology, a medical journal, this week.

» Bad hair day? Not to worry

If you have issues with hair loss, then this one is for you.

Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York have come up with a new technique to regenerate hair on a bald person’s head by using their own cells.

The process involves taking cells known as dermal papilla, which are found inside the base of human hair follicles, growing them in the lab and putting them back into human skin.

Once these cells are back in your system, they send a message to the skin to grow new hair follicles.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal on Monday.

» Bad news for women with sleep apnoea

Women who suffer from sleep apnoea (a condition where breathing is interrupted on several occasions during sleep) are at an increased risk of experiencing life-threatening complications as a result of the condition than their male counterparts are, a new study has revealed.

The research, published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal this week, showed that the autonomic responses that control the heartbeat, blood pressure, sweating and pupil dilatation in the bodies of women with sleep apnoea were weaker in women than in men with the same condition.

When breathing is interrupted, many cells in the body are affected because of lack of oxygen.

As a result, some people may suffer brain damage and organ failure.

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