Over the last several decades, researchers have devoted a lot of energy into how the brain regulates genetic material. Those studies are beginning to have a payout when it comes to understanding things like autism and strokes.
The human brain is incredibly complicated, and although DNA has received a lot of attention when it comes to genetic advances, RNA also plays a vital role when it comes to regulation. Many describe RNA as the “gene tuner” thanks to the role that it plays in regulation and release of processes.
One of the big implications that has recently been uncovered by researchers at Rockefeller University is that there is a sub-type of RNA that plays a critical role when it comes to how the brain regulates itself in the event of a stroke. A stroke occurs when oxygen flow, for whatever reason, is temporarily halted to the brain. The most common type is ischemic stroke, when a blockage prevents blood from making its way to the brain.
How the brain responds to this emergency is regulated by RNA, and a critical understanding of this branch of genetics has the potential to help those suffering from a stroke have a more complete recovery. There’s a lot of research that needs to be done here, but it is an exciting discovery. It’s one that has the potential to drastically improve lives in the years ahead. Researchers are already stating that this discovery is indicative that better medications can be developed to help with stroke recovery and stroke prevention.
Researchers believe that RNA also plays a critical role in things like autism spectrum disorders. Again, any sort of advances in this area appear to be years away. Still, it is an exciting time to be involved in genetic research, especially if there are benefits that can be provided to the people that we love.
These are certainly exciting developments, especially because they hold the promise of helping to improve senior care moving into the future. If common issues–such as strokes–can be avoided, then the quality of life for thousands of seniors will be improved. It may even delay or eliminate the need for senior care for people, helping to lower costs while improving the lives that they live.
That’s one of the biggest goals for us. We want the people that we serve to have as high of a quality of a life as possible, all while helping them to save money and avoid future detrimental health issues.
In-home care is not a perfect type of senior care, but for many, it helps to address this issue in the right here and right now. While researchers are working on developments that could revolutionize the industry in the years to come, there are people now that need assistance. Maybe you or someone in your family is in this situation. Professional care is designed to help take that burden off of families and put it in the hands of people with advanced training and experience. It’s designed to make life easier and better.
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