Immortal Minute

Telomeres And Cancer Mortality

Posted on: Wed, Apr 13, 2016, at 12:00 pm

A danish study published in April 2015 looked into telomeres. Now we know that as telomeres shorten, your lifespan shortens and the study did show that shortened telomeres in peripheral blood leukocytes were associated with a higher mortality, but in contrast folks who had genetically shorter telomeres from the beginning had lower incidents of cancer! This seemed to be because the rate in which the telomeres shortened in the genetically shorter telomere individuals was slower than those with longer telomeres.

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Posted on: Thu, Apr 07, 2016, at 12:00 pm

This immortal minute is about the selective advantage of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Now Alpha-1 Antitrypsin is an enzyme that repairs the lungs and the deficiency for this enzyme is actually pretty common. Approximately 25% of Northern European people carry one of the alleles for this deficiency. Considering that this deficiency is known to be a factor in Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Disorder (COPD), there must be some reason why so many people still carry this defective gene. As it turns out, people with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency are initially protected them from upper respiratory infections by their deficiency. But over time, the Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency damages the lungs causing conditions like COPD.

How Music Affects Longevity

Posted on: Wed, Mar 30, 2016, at 12:00 pm

Here are ways that music can improve your longevity. Music can improve your emotional state and decrease the perception of pain. It also has the capacity to reach hidden brain areas and stimulate them. Music can serve as a storehouse for memories which is why we sometimes associate certain memories with certain music, much like we do with smells. Music encourages us to exercise and be more active. It can also improve our sleep quality. Music brings people together so it has a social component and it can provide a sense of meaning and fulfillment as well as comfort at the end of life. Women who listen to music are more romantic than those who don't. Finally, music is an excellent way to relieve stress. So next time you get the chance, turn on the radio and enjoy what music can do for you.

Dr. Efraim Engleman

Posted on: Wed, Mar 23, 2016, at 12:00 pm

This is not necessarily scientific. This is about a Dr. Efraim Engleman. He is a rheumatologist who is 103 yrs old. He is often asked, like our dear friend Lucille, how he was able to live to 103. He actually has a book entitled My Century. He was interviewed about the book and one of the interesting things he said was when he was asked about exercise. His response was that he tries to do as little as possible. What he does do is take walks and have sex frequently! That along with a kosher diet, being a practicing rheumatologist, and an accomplished violinist keep his body and mind active.

Zinc Levels And Immunity

Posted on: Wed, Mar 16, 2016, at 12:00 pm

Let's talk about zinc and it's link with immunity. In this study from Oregon State University, researchers looked at zinc levels in mice. They found that low zinc levels corresponded with chronic inflammation and this inflammation lead to immune cell deactivation. The results showed a relationship between zinc levels, epigenetics, and proper immune function and shows the importance of a varied diet and supplements, because even a micronutrient like Zinc can play an a very important role in your body.
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