News Clips for Sept. 25, 2019

Some parents pass on more mutations to their children than others

Everyone is a mutant but some are prone to diverge more than others, report scientists. A new study shows the number of mutations a child has compared to her parents varies dramatically with some people being born with twice as many as others, and that characteristic runs in families.

Nature’s Role in Mental Illness: Prevention or Treatment?

While it has yet to be determined whether activities such as walking through a desert or sitting on a bench in a city park are as restorative as, say, hiking on a wooded mountain trail or swimming in coastal waters, researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City have found that there are significant mental health benefits to be gained from participating in outdoor activities.

Longevity Project: Mental health connected to culture, altitude of mountain communities

Brent Kious, a psychiatrist with University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City, is one of the researchers who have studied the link between living at high altitude and major depressive disorder, anxiety and suicide. Kious said data suggests suicide and depression are associated with altitude, noting that suicide rates start to increase more dramatically around 2,000 to 2,500 feet of elevation.