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

Most Dangerous Lifestyle Activity Uncovered in New Epigenetic Mortality Risk Profile

Aging and mortality has been a fascinating topic of interest recently, particularly in the field of epigenetics. What are the chemical DNA markers of age? Can we look at someone’s epigenome to determine their risk for death? Could we reverse these epigenetic tags to restore youth or undo the pesky physical characteristics and diseases that come … Continue reading Most Dangerous Lifestyle Activity Uncovered in New Epigenetic Mortality Risk Profile

Study: Doctors are PRESSURED to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Numerous factors influence the opioid crisis in healthcare, including the lack of holistic treatments for pain relief in mainstream medicine. But the authors of a recent article on opioid use found another startling factor that might be adding to the opioid crisis: the increasing rate of opioid prescribing. Hannah Neprash, an assistant professor at the University … Continue reading Study: Doctors are PRESSURED to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

What happens if a person with rheumatoid arthritis drinks too much alcohol?

Despite its bad rap, alcohol is known to have anti-inflammatory benefits. In fact, studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption can reduce biomarkers of inflammation. However, not everyone can enjoy this benefit. According to the latest research, drinking alcohol can do you more harm than good if you’re already suffering from chronic inflammation or an inflammatory condition like … Continue reading What happens if a person with rheumatoid arthritis drinks too much alcohol?

Exercise May Offset Drinking’s Harmful Epigenetic Effect on the Brain

Drinking alcohol on a regular basis, even in moderation, can cause damage to the brain. Physical activity, however, has been reported to protect cognitive function. So, could exercise counteract drinking’s harmful effects on the brain? In a recent study conducted at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, a group of researchers decided to … Continue reading Exercise May Offset Drinking’s Harmful Epigenetic Effect on the Brain

Epigenetic Drugs That Fight Cancer Also Show Promise as Antivirals

Epigenetic drugs designed to fight cancer might actually be used against many viruses as well. A recent study published in the American Society for Microbiology shows that some pharmaceuticals that act epigenetically have the power to be used as broad spectrum antivirals. Specifically, the researchers looked at histone methyltransferases EZH2/1 inhibitors which can help fight against cancer. Numerous DNA … Continue reading Epigenetic Drugs That Fight Cancer Also Show Promise as Antivirals

How Understanding an Individual’s Epigenetics Can Help Measure and Treat Addiction

For a long time humans have wondered if chemicals causing drug and alcohol addiction could be active in the genes and potentially passed on to the next generation. Although this was not scientifically proven until recent years, the fear of suffering from addictive diseases led children of addicts and former addicts to avoid alcohol and … Continue reading How Understanding an Individual’s Epigenetics Can Help Measure and Treat Addiction

Nicotine Could Cause Epigenetic Changes to Testes and Compromise Fertility

Despite the countless destructive health consequences and carcinogenic properties of cigarette smoke, the CDC estimates that 40 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. The toxic chemicals are capable of causing damage to nearly every organ in the body and can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer. Researchers continue to … Continue reading Nicotine Could Cause Epigenetic Changes to Testes and Compromise Fertility

Patients of weight-loss surgery are at triple the death risk from substance use, study says

Some people who struggle to lose weight turn to gastric bypass surgery in hopes of quick and lasting results. While this operation can make a difference for some patients initially, it could lead to a host of problems in the long term – and one surprising one is a higher risk of death due to substance … Continue reading Patients of weight-loss surgery are at triple the death risk from substance use, study says