Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Patients may be more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids when they come in for checkups and appointments later in the day — even when they don’t really have a need for the drugs. According to the researchers, this could be linked to the daily pressures and time constraints that doctors face, which could interfere with their … Continue reading Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Study Supports HDAC Inhibitor as Possible Lung Cancer Treatment

A person’s genetic code can contribute to their risk for developing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which accounts for about 85% of lung cancers. Epigenetics, the study of chemical tags that impact gene expression without altering the genetic sequence, is shown to also profoundly influence the development of cancer. In a study by Asan Medical Center researchers … Continue reading Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Study Supports HDAC Inhibitor as Possible Lung Cancer Treatment

Epigenetic Study Finds New Potential Drug Targets for Asthma and Allergies

A new epigenetic study has identified 30 genes connected to allergies and asthma that make people more susceptible to these conditions. Using the newly discovered gene targets from this study, scientists could potentially create drugs to combat allergic diseases and reduce allergic responses. About 6.8 million children and 18.7 million adults in the U.S. suffer … Continue reading Epigenetic Study Finds New Potential Drug Targets for Asthma and Allergies

HDAC Inhibitor Could Sharpen Memory and Treat Cancer

New research has found that a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor drug used to treat cancer could also help sharpen memory and improve one’s ability to learn a new language. It could even help rewire the brain and sustain neurons which could be of benefit to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Researchers from Rutgers published a study … Continue reading HDAC Inhibitor Could Sharpen Memory and Treat Cancer

DNA Methylation Gives Epigenetic Hope to Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Not only is cocaine a highly addictive drug, but it also comes with an incredibly high chance of relapse even after someone has abstained and experienced symptoms of withdrawal. A new study is illuminating the epigenetic changes made to DNA during the withdrawal stage for those trying to rid themselves of the drug and offers … Continue reading DNA Methylation Gives Epigenetic Hope to Cocaine Addiction Treatment

“I Am No Longer Haunted By That Awful Memory” – New Epigenetic Drug Treatment May Erase Painful Memories

Is it possible for a drug to dampen a traumatic memory? It may be, as researchers are discovering that a fundamental epigenetic mechanism is responsible for long-term fear memory. Neuroplasticity, also called brain plasticity, refers to the changes in neural connections such as synapses and neural pathways as a result of changes in behavior, environmental … Continue reading “I Am No Longer Haunted By That Awful Memory” – New Epigenetic Drug Treatment May Erase Painful Memories

Do We Already Have A Drug That Could Epigenetically Erase Traumatic Memories?

Scientists at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine discovered that the drug fingolimod, which is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), could potentially benefit individuals who wish to get rid of painful and traumatic memories. While MS is still not entirely understood, the disease involves a process that is immune-mediated in which the immune … Continue reading Do We Already Have A Drug That Could Epigenetically Erase Traumatic Memories?

Down a Path of Epigenetic Destruction: Smoking Cigarettes Adjusts Critical Marks on DNA

You can now add “harmful changes to your DNA” to the long list of reasons to quit smoking cigarettes, along with lung cancer, coronary heart disease, increased risk of death, stroke, chronic lung disease, decreased immune function, infertility, and the fact that smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer … Continue reading Down a Path of Epigenetic Destruction: Smoking Cigarettes Adjusts Critical Marks on DNA

Smoking Cigarettes Stamps Harmful Epigenetic Fingerprint on DNA

Not only does cigarette smoke severely harm the body, it also leaves behind long-lasting damage on DNA, according to a recent study. An unwanted surplus of chemical marks are added to specific spots on the genome of a smoker, which may give rise to diseases such as a cancer, cardiovascular and lung disorders, and osteoporosis. … Continue reading Smoking Cigarettes Stamps Harmful Epigenetic Fingerprint on DNA

Maternal Smoking Epigenetically Harms Child Development

Thankfully, smoking is a habit all pregnant women are advised to break. But, surprisingly, this wasn’t always the case, especially in the 1940s and 1950s when doctors endorsed smoking in tobacco advertisements. Tobacco companies even ran ads hinting that pregnant women could smoke as a way to calm their nerves. With the influx of research … Continue reading Maternal Smoking Epigenetically Harms Child Development