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‘Sitting All Day Shrinks The Brain, Increases Chances Of Alzheimers’ |RN

By Appolonia Adeyemi

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This photo shows a cross-section of the human brain viewed here is the right half of the brain. Contact: Amy Bernard, Ph.D., Director of Structured Science, Allen Institute for Brain Science amyb@alleninstitute.org +1 (206) 548-7007

Scientists have said that sitting on the desk all day or on the sofa watching television could negatively impact the brain of the affected person. According to a new study, published in ‘PLOS ONE,’ sitting for too long could even boost the risk of dementia. Dementia is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a longterm and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember, that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning.

Other common symptoms include emotional problems, difficulties with language, and a decrease in motivation. The new research, involving 35 participants, found those with sedentary lifestyles, including sitting down all day, had less grey matter in the medial temporal lobe (MTL) – even if they went for regular brisk walks, cycle rides or jogs. The medial temporal lobe consists of structures that are vital for declarative or long-term memory.

A decline in this area had repeatedly been shown to be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease in middle-aged and elderly patients. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) also referred to simply as Alzheimer’s, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is the cause of 60 percent to 70 percent of cases of dementia.

The new researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, had discovered those with a sedentary lifestyle had a smaller brain region important in forming memories. The ‘mailonline’ reported that an array of evidence in recent years had already linked sitting for too long to heart disease, diabetes, several forms of cancer and an early death. Researchers quizzed the volunteers, who were aged between 45 and 75, about their levels of exercise. Each person underwent a high-resolution MRI scan, which provides a detailed look at the MTL, an area involved in the formation of new memories.              (New Telegraph)

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This 20-foot Python Is On The Loose In Missouri |The Republican News

 

Alissa Zhu
Ben Trexel holds his pet Burmese python, which is on the loose.© Submitted photo Ben Trexel holds his pet Burmese python, which is on the loose.  

A 20-foot long Burmese python is on the loose somewhere in the Ozarks.

Ben Trexel is asking for people to be on the lookout for his pet, which he last saw Thursday at his home near Rogersville, Missouri.

“I don’t want him killed,” Trexel said. “But if someone feels threatened, I understand.”

The brown and tan python’s name is SS Wraps and is as thick as a football, Trexel said.

“SS” stands for Super Snake, Trexel said. It also refers to a double s-shaped design on the snake’s back. “Wraps” because the snake is very long.

SS Wraps was only six inches long when Trexel bought it from a pet store nearly nine years ago.

“I used to hand-feed him little baby pinkie mice,” Trexel said. “I’m pretty attached to him.”

Trexel said the python has since graduated to eating larger animals, such as rabbits and chickens.

Trexel said the last time he saw his snake was Thursday evening. It was curled up in a ball in the corner of its cage.

By the next day, the python was gone.

Sometime in the night or early morning, a tree branch had fallen through the roof of the porch, where Trexel keeps the cage, allowing for his python to escape.

Trexel said he has been searching for SS Wraps ever since. Trexel has notified all his neighbors and has a search party organized for Saturday.

“He means a lot to my family,” Trexel said. “I don’t want anybody harmed and I don’t want him harmed.”

Trexel said that recent rains have caused a nearby creek to swell. He’s concerned that the python might ride the creek to the Finley River and Ozark.

“If you see him, I will be there in a hurry, no matter what time it is,” Trexel said.

The python is usually relaxed and tame, Trexel said.

“I’ve never had him even try to bite me,” Trexel said. “He’s shown no signs of aggression in the nine years I’ve owned him.”

Don’t startle the python, Trexel cautioned.

“He is a reptile,” Trexel said. “Nobody knows what a reptile thinks.”   (USA TODAY)

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