Physical activity may protect those at risk for depression

After mining millions of electronic health record data points, researchers found people who were more physically active at baseline were less likely to develop depression, even after accounting for genetic risks.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 5, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine depression exercise genetic-risk harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health massachusetts-general-hospital partners-healthcare-biobank

Exercise, fasting shown to help cells shed defective proteins

A new study from the Blavatnik Institute finds that intense exercise and fasting activate hormones that boost cells’ capacity to dispose of defective proteins, which clog up the cell, interfere with its functions, and, over time, precipitate diseases including neurodegenerative conditions such as ALS and Alzheimer’s.

Ekaterina Pesheva | Feb. 21, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine alfred-goldberg als alzheimers blavatnik-institute exercise fasting harvard-medical-school hms hormones human-cells mouse-cells muscular-dystrophy nih toxic-proteins

Exercise-related hormone irisin found to target key bone cells

Scientists have discovered that irisin, a hormone released by muscles during exercise, directly acts on key regulatory cells that control the breakdown and formation of bone.

Richard Saltus | Dec. 14, 2018 | harvard
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Tags: health-medicine bone-thinning bruce-spiegelman dana-farber-cancer-institute exercise irisin osteocytes osteoporosis

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