Ma­te­ri­al­is­tic people ‘more likely to be de­pressed’

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

Ma­te­ri­al­is­tic in­di­vid­u­als want the best of the best, but even when their de­mands are met, these types of char­ac­ters may not be happy. And now, new re­search sug­gests that ma­te­ri­al­is­tic in­di­vid­u­als are more likely to be de­pressed and un­sat­is­fied with life. Ac­cord­ing to the re­search team, ma­te­ri­al­is­tic people find it more dif­fi­cult to be grate­ful for what they have, which causes them to be­come mis­er­able. Lead study au­thor Jo-Ann Tsang, ex­plains that grat­i­tude is a pos­i­tive mood that is about other people rather than our­selves. How­ever, the team says that people who are ma­te­ri­al­is­tic tend to be “me-cen­tered.” They are more likely to fo­cus on what they do not have and are un­able to be grate­ful for what they do have. Sci­en­tists iden­tify protein that spurs spread of colon cancer PLAC8, a protein that un­til now has been poorly un­der­stood, ap­pears to play a key role in the spread - or metas­ta­sis - of col­orec­tal or colon cancer, re­searchers re­veal that the protein trig­gers nor­mal cells lin­ing the colon to change into a state that helps colon cancer to spread. Coau­thor Prof Lil­ianna Sol­nica-Krezel, says: “We knew lev­els of this protein are el­e­vated in colon cancer. Now we’ve shown what PLAC8 could be do­ing - caus­ing the cells to tran­si­tion to a state that al­lows them to spread.” The re­search started at a lab in Van­der­bilt where se­nior au­thor Robert Cof­fey and his group have been de­vel­op­ing ways of grow­ing colon cancer cells in three di­men­sions in­stead of the more con­ven­tional two-di­men­sional flat dish cul­ture. ‘In­som­nia may in­crease the risk of stroke,’ re­searchers say New re­search sug­gests that in­som­ni­acs are at much higher risk of stroke than those with­out the sleep dis­or­der. To reach their find­ings, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors an­a­lyzed ran­domly selected med­i­cal records of more than 21,000 people with in­som­nia in Tai­wan, along­side the health records of 64,000 in­di­vid­u­als with­out the dis­or­der. All par­tic­i­pants were fol­lowed-up for 4 years. At the end of the fol­low-up pe­riod, in­di­vid­u­als with in­som­nia were di­vided into dif­fer­ent groups: Chronic or per­sis­tent in­som­nia (last­ing 1 to 6 months); Re­lapse in­som­nia (re­turn of in­som­nia af­ter be­ing free of the con­di­tion for more than 6 months at any eval­u­a­tion point in the study); and Re­mis­sion in­som­nia (a change from a di­ag­no­sis of in­som­nia to non-in­som­nia at any point dur­ing the study pe­riod). Re­searchers found that in­som­ni­acs, par­tic­u­larly those aged be­tween 18 and 35 years at di­ag­no­sis, have a much higher stroke risk than those with­out the sleep dis­or­der.

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