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Dozens of genetic risk factors found for depression

Dozens of genetic risk factors found for depression

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A major new study which has identified 44 genetic risk factors for depression has the "potential to revitalise treatment", scientists have said. The international study, co-led by King's College London, is the largest carried out into a genetic basis for depression and involved more than 200 scientists.Seven data sets were combined, covering 130,000 sufferers.Among the 44 genetic variants identified, 30 are newly discovered.Previous studies have struggled to identify more than a handful. A significant number were linked to the targets of current antidepressant medications.Researchers said that all humans carry some of the 44 risk factors, and that the genetic basis for depression is shared with other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.A higher body mass index is also linked to an ...
Record concentration of microplastics found in Arctic

Record concentration of microplastics found in Arctic

Science
Record levels of microplastics have been found trapped inside sea ice floating in the Arctic.Ice cores gathered across the Arctic Ocean reveal microplastics at concentrations two to three times higher than previously recorded.As sea ice melts with climate change, the plastic will be released back into the water, with unknown effects on wildlife, say German scientists.Traces of 17 different types of plastic were found in frozen seawater.Microplastics are tiny plastic pieces under five millimetres long. They can be eaten by filter-feeding animals and passed up the food chain. A considerable amount of microplastic is released directly into the ocean by the gradual breakdown of larger pieces of plastic. But microplastics can also enter the sea from health and beauty products, washing synthetic...
DJ Avicii found dead in Oman aged 28

DJ Avicii found dead in Oman aged 28

Entertainment
Music producer and DJ Avicii has been found dead in Oman at the age of 28, his publicist has said.The Swedish star, whose real name was Tim Bergling, scored two UK number one singles and had collaborated with artists including Madonna and Coldplay.His publicist Diana Baron said: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii."The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."Avicii, best known for his singles Wake Me Up, Hey Brother and Levels, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.He was considered a pioneer of contemporary electronic dance music and a rare DJ capable of a worldwide arena tour.Image:Avicii quit touring in 2016He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned t...
Harry Anderson net worth: How much was IT and Night Court actor found dead at 65 worth?

Harry Anderson net worth: How much was IT and Night Court actor found dead at 65 worth?

Entertainment
Harry Anderson was a man of many talents which kept a steady flow of cash pouring in.He was was a talented actor, screenwriter, magician and TV director.The popular actor was most known for his role in the TV show Night Court as Judge Harry Stone, and he also had a recurring role on Cheers.Sadly, the actor was found dead in his home in North Carolina on Monday.According to officers who found him no could play was suspected.His son, Dashiell Anderson, told TMZ that his dad had died of natural causes.GETTYHARRY ANDERSON NET WORTH: The actor was found dead in his homeHow much was Harry Anderson worth?Harry Anderson was estimated to be worth $ 10million (£7million), according to Celebrity Net Worth.He built his fortune from a talent for magic – which grew into a successful acting career.Anders
Isolated lakes found beneath Canadian ice sheet

Isolated lakes found beneath Canadian ice sheet

Science
Researchers have found lakes that may shed new light on icy worlds in our Solar System.High in the Canadian Arctic, two subglacial bodies of water have been spotted beneath over 500 metres of ice.The water has an estimated maximum temperature of -10.5C, and would need to be very salty to avoid freezing.There are thought to be similar cold, saline conditions in the subsurface ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa, yet also the potential to host life.The findings, from a team led by the University of Alberta, have been published in Science Advances.A Canadian firstThe two lakes appeared in a radar survey of the Devon Ice Cap, which sits on Devon Island, in Canada's northern Nunavut territory."I was super surprised, and a little bit puzzled," Anja Rutishauser, the study's lead author, said of the di...