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This is the reason why stress turns your hair grey



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The newspaper La Vanguardia has published an article on accelerated and premature greying of hair. In a study performed with mice, scientists have observed that stress overactivates certain nerves of the autonomic nervous system, which in turn cause permanent damage to the stem cells responsible for regenerating hair pigment.

Referring to grey hair, Salvador Aznar, ICREA researcher at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), says, “It is a clear message that you are sending to those around you, so it probably confers an evolutionary advantage”,

Link to: La Vanguardia

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The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).