Affectionate Moms with Depression May Epigenetically Buffer Their Child from Stress

Different environmental factors experienced by a child can undoubtedly impact their life in the long run. Whether they were born into poverty, lack access to education, or are surrounded by violence, these experiences have the ability to dramatically disrupt their lives if they’re without the right support system. But, could a mother’s exposure to stress … Continue reading Affectionate Moms with Depression May Epigenetically Buffer Their Child from Stress

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Epigenetics Could Turn on an ‘Obesity Switch’

We know that a predisposition to become overweight is found in our genes. Now, we’re starting to learn that epigenetics also has a hand in determining whether a person will become fat or lean. New research is uncovering the possibility of an epigenetic switch that is, interestingly, either “on” or “off”. A group of researchers … Continue reading Epigenetics Could Turn on an ‘Obesity Switch’

Inherited Epigenetic and Behavioral Consequences of Trauma Could be Reversed

It’s possible that the impact of traumatic experiences may be epigenetically inherited via molecular memory that is passed down through generations. Although still controversial, new research takes this concept a step further and demonstrates that traumatic behavior could be reversed when it would otherwise be inherited. A study, published in Neuropsychopharmacology, was conducted by researchers … Continue reading Inherited Epigenetic and Behavioral Consequences of Trauma Could be Reversed

Stem Cells Obtained From Menstrual Blood May Epigenetically Inhibit Liver Cancer

Menstruation is a normal and natural part of human life. In most cases, it signifies a healthy reproductive system and a women’s ability to bear children.  For far too long, however, it has been viewed in a negative light and not always appreciated for its real purpose, which is preparing the female body for pregnancy. … Continue reading Stem Cells Obtained From Menstrual Blood May Epigenetically Inhibit Liver Cancer

Epigenetics: Feeding the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic?

Every kid reaching for the junk food has heard mom and dad’s warning, “You are what you eat!” But parents should be advised that children can now offer a humbling retort, “No, I’m what YOU ate!” A new study by scientists from the Institute of Experimental Genetics at Helmholtz Zentrum München (Neuherberg, Germany) suggests that … Continue reading Epigenetics: Feeding the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic?

DNA & Mitochondrial Time Bombs

Uranium, Mercury, Cancer & Diabetes Hyperinsulinemia may promote mammary carcinogenesis. Insulin resistance has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and is also characteristic of type 2 diabetes.[1] Diabetes and cancer, which are both are expanding dramatically in the world today, can in great part be traced to the increasing radiation, heavy metals … Continue reading DNA & Mitochondrial Time Bombs

Teen Drinking Could Epigenetically Hinder Brain Development

Alcohol is likely the most used and abused substance in the world. It’s fine to have a few cocktails or beers per week, but only for those that are of the legal drinking age. Underage drinking is a consistent issue faced in the United States today. According to the CDC, kids ages 12-20 consume about 11% … Continue reading Teen Drinking Could Epigenetically Hinder Brain Development

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Epigenetics

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a polygenic metabolic disease characterized by elevated blood sugar levels due to pancreatic beta-cell functional impairment and insulin resistance in tissues such as skeletal muscle, adipose tissue and the liver[1]. Millions of people around the globe are diagnosed with diabetes, and its incidence is estimated to double by 2030. … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Epigenetics

Binge Drinking as a Teen May Epigenetically Harm the Health of Future Generations

Binge drinking as a teenager not only harms your brain and body, but may also epigenetically impact your future children, a new study reports. Excessive drinking in adolescents could turn genes on or off in their offspring’s brain, setting them up for susceptibility to certain diseases. The study, presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience … Continue reading Binge Drinking as a Teen May Epigenetically Harm the Health of Future Generations

Dad’s Drinking Could Epigenetically Affect Son’s Sensitivity and Preference for Alcohol

According to a new study from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a father’s excessive drinking behavior could set up his son for alcohol abuse, even before conception. Results published in PLOS ONE demonstrate that mice show more sensitivity to alcohol’s effects and are less likely to drink it if their fathers were chronically exposed to the … Continue reading Dad’s Drinking Could Epigenetically Affect Son’s Sensitivity and Preference for Alcohol