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Personality may be key risk factor in preventive health care

Thursday 27th March 2014

Conscientious young adults enjoy better health as they age, our research found. When it comes to helping young adults avoid serious health problems later in life, assessing their personalities during routine medical examinations could prove as useful as recording their family medical histories and smoking habits, according to a new paper from the Dunedin Study team led by Dr Salomon Israel and published by the American Psychological Association. Our research found that if a doctor knows a patient's personality, it is possible to develop a more effective preventive health care plan that will result in a much healthier life.
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Internalising Disorders and Leukocyte Telomere Erosion.

Monday 20th January 2014

Telomere length has emerged as a promising biomarker in studies that test the hypothesis that internalising psychiatric disorders are associated with accumulated cellular damage. In a study published today, researchers from the Dunedin Study tested the association between persistence of internalising disorders (depression, generalised anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder) and leukocyte telomere length (LTL).
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