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DNA DYS­FUNC­TION: Sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered a con­firmed ge­netic link to erec­tile dys­func­tion. Re­searchers pin­pointed a stretch of DNA where vari­a­tions made it more dif­fi­cult for men to per­form as ex­pected. The fin­ger of sus­pi­cion points to a gene called SIM1 which could be a tar­get for new im­po­tence treat­ments. Lead re­searcher Dr Eric Jor­gen­son said: “Iden­ti­fy­ing this SIM1 lo­cus as a risk fac­tor for erec­tile dys­func­tion is a big deal be­cause it pro­vides the long sought-af­ter proof that there is a ge­netic com­po­nent to the disease.” Be­sides hav­ing a po­ten­tial in­flu­ence on men’s erec­tions, SIM1 is thought to play a role in brain de­vel­op­ment. The re­search is re­ported in the jour­nal Pro­ceed­ings Of The Na­tional Academy Of Sciences. TACK­LING DI­A­BETES: More ev­i­dence has come to light about pa­tients “re­vers­ing” their Type 2 di­a­betes by chang­ing their di­ets. A new ar­ti­cle de­tails how three pa­tients in Canada were able to stop their di­a­betes med­i­ca­tion af­ter fol­low­ing a “ther­a­peu­tic fast­ing” diet. The new cases, de­tailed in the jour­nal BMJ Case Re­ports, in­clude three pa­tients from Toronto who were re­ferred to an in­ten­sive di­etary man­age­ment clinic. The pa­tients were put on “ther­a­peu­tic fast­ing” di­ets which “re­versed” their in­sulin re­sis­tance, the Cana­dian au­thors wrote. The au­thors rec­om­mend that any­one with Type 2 di­a­betes who is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing dras­tic changes to their diet speak to their health­care pro­fes­sional first. MIND DRAIN: Men­tal health dis­or­ders are ex­pected to drain €14 tril­lion per year from the global econ­omy by 2030, ex­perts have said. The Lancet Com­mis­sion on Global Men­tal Health and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment urged high-in­come coun­tries to spend 10% of their health care bud­get on men­tal health. Cur­rently, men­tal health re­ceives less than 5%, even in these richer na­tions. Low and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries should raise their spend­ing on men­tal health from less than 1% of the bud­get to at least 5%, said the Com­mis­sion, which brought to­gether 28 ex­perts from around the world.

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