Saturday April 4, 2020

An active mind keeps Alzheimer away: Indian origin researcher

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New York: Being indulged in the activities that keep mind stimulating and active such as reading books and magazines, playing games and using computers in the middle age can help stopping symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease according to the study, done by Indian origin researcher.

“The takeaway message for the general public is that keeping your mind active is very important in delaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” said study author Prashanthi Vemuri, dementia researcher at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US.

The findings were published in the online edition of the journal Neurology.

People who are carriers of a gene linked to Alzheimer’s, called APOE4, who had at least 14 years of education and kept mentally active in middle age had lower levels of proteins called amyloid plaques.

The proteins can build up in brain tissue and lead to Alzheimer’s disease. People with the gene and a high level of education but did not keep mentally active in middle age had higher levels of amyloid plaques, the study said.

For the study, researchers evaluated 393 people without dementia who were part of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Of those, 53 had mild cognitive impairment.

All were 70 years of age or older. They were divided into two groups: those with more than 14 years of education and those with less.

Then, researchers used MRI and positron emission tomography scans to look for biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and questionnaires to evaluate weekly intellectual and physical activity in middle age.

“When we looked specifically at the level of lifetime learning, we found that carriers of the APOE4 gene who had higher education and continued to learn through middle age had fewer amyloid deposition on imaging when compared to those who did not continue with intellectual activity in middle age,” Vemuri said.(IANS)(image-senior.in)

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Is Being a Gossip Lover Good or Bad? Find it Out Here

Is it gossip you're missing the most while working from home?

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A healthy gossip, having fun, pulling legs of each other in office make office surroundings livelier and bring people together. Pixabay

BY GOKUL BHAGABATI

If you are feeling a little low while working from home despite having all the facilities that one typically gets at the office or, even more, coffee, lunch time or even a short nap at home, it could be because you are missing out on neutral gossiping with colleagues.

Take no offence. In fact, according to experts, gossiping, or simply talking about someone who is not present, need not always be negative — it can also be positive or neutral.

“Interpersonal interactions and communication have always played a key role in people enjoying work — colleagues from work can be a great social support network,” Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare, told IANS.

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Contradicting assertions found in popular “best habits of the rich” books, the research revealed that poorer, less educated people do not gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people. Pixabay

“In the current circumstances, it is natural that people are missing out on that interaction and face-to-face contact, which may be leading to a sense of boredom and monotony,” Parikh said.

A healthy gossip, having fun, pulling legs of each other in office make office surroundings livelier and bring people together.

“It is quite that a sudden change of working place will somehow affect the mental status,” said Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in New Delhi.

According to a study by researchers from the University of California, Riverside, people gossip for 52 minutes a day on average.

The findings, published recently in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, showed that extroverts gossip far more frequently than introverts and younger people engage in more negative gossip than older adults.

Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing, gossip, said the research which looked at data from 467 people — 269 women, 198 men — aged between 18 and 58.

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Contradicting assertions found in popular “best habits of the rich” books, the research revealed that poorer, less educated people do not gossip more than wealthier, better-educated people.

Parikh, however, said that there are no personality types per se that would feel more burdened about working from home.

It is about individual preferences rather than personality types.

“What’s important is that the conversations stay positive and promote togetherness, and not gossip that crosses a line,” he said, adding that banter about day-to-day life helps us stay connected. “But it’s important that it must be with mutual consent and not cross boundaries”.

Those who are missing out on office gossip can take advantage of the digital tools to stay connected and have healthy conversations.

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Women gossip more than men, but only in neutral, information-sharing. Pixabay

“Given the lockdown situation, it’s a good idea to stay connected with friends and colleagues through individual and group chats and video calls to maintain a positive morale and have meaningful conversations. Social media can also play an important role in this, if we can use these mediums to stay connected, spread optimism and encourage social responsibility,” Parikh elaborated.

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Clinical psychologist Joshi also said that people working from home should do once-a-day group video calls for keeping a lighter mood.

Missing office environment by people working from home is quite normal.

“At the same time, getting anxiety, stress and sudden reactions are also obvious. Fortunately we have the Internet and other virtual world facilities to get connected with friends and colleagues. They are suggested to do once a day group video calls for lighter mood,” Joshi said.

Also Read- Productive Things You Can Do Amid the Lockdown

“Proper scheduling and per day project can help to deal with this situation,” she noted.

For example, apart from official work, take one task in hand to accomplish. It can be household chores or any other activity, which will give a feeling of accomplishment, she said. (IANS)