Monday, October 28, 2019

Neural activity and human longevity are linked together?

Recently, researchers found out that the nervous system’s activity could influence the lifespan of human beings when study with protein REST. Studies show that overactivity linked with longer life, while neural excitation results in a shorter lifespan. Research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School based it finding on mice, worms, and human brains from. Protein REST is the key to signaling. This protein protects the aging brain from dementia and other specific stresses that affect the brain. When blocking REST, it led to higher neural activity and caused earlier deaths. When REST increases, it did the opposite.

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This seems like great information to know about because who knows, neural activity and human longevity are linked together? The article gave an example of that stress is an example of overactivity. Now that I thought about it, stress is happening more and more nowadays, and does that mean the life expectancy will lower and lower? I mean, like, I am stressing out right now too about my schoolwork, and will that mean my life expectancy will be lower due to overactivity of thinking??

1 comment:

  1. It makes sense that stress is an example of over activity that then leads to a shorter lifespan. I've read in several other articles and I've heard so many other people say that stressing too much throughout one's life will lead to a shorter lifespan. This article supports what I have read and heard of in the past! This article is really interesting because it never came across my mind that neural activity could be linked to human longevity.