Potential Epigenetic Avenues for ALS Relief

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), perhaps more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating neurological disease that ultimately leads to death.  This disease eats away at nerve cells, causing death to the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in the loss of muscle function and eventual paralysis and respiratory failure. ALS … Continue reading Potential Epigenetic Avenues for ALS Relief

The Epigenetics of Honeybee Memory Offers a Glimpse Into Our Own Minds

The fascinating memory of a honeybee could give us hints about our own long-term memory formation, scientists suggest. According to a new study, epigenetic marks are added to the DNA of honeybees in a response to an enzyme known as DNA methyltransferase (Dmnt) and removed in response to a Dnmt inhibitor drug. This epigenetic mechanism … Continue reading The Epigenetics of Honeybee Memory Offers a Glimpse Into Our Own Minds

One Night Without Sleep Could Trigger Epigenetic Changes and Weight Gain

Even just one night of sleep loss could lead to epigenetic changes that tweak our metabolism and regulation of gene expression, a new study suggests. Researchers at Uppsala University found that one night without sleep was linked to alteration of the human epigenome, weight gain, and the loss of lean muscle mass. Previous research has shown that skipping sleep … Continue reading One Night Without Sleep Could Trigger Epigenetic Changes and Weight Gain

Epigenetic Signature Found in Blood Predicts Chances of Getting Breast Cancer

If a woman could get a blood test telling her whether or not she’s likely to develop breast cancer, preventative measures could be taken, doctors could monitor her health, and she could explore potential options even before the cancer has started. A blood test like this could be possible as a result of new research … Continue reading Epigenetic Signature Found in Blood Predicts Chances of Getting Breast Cancer

The Epigenetics of Schizophrenia

The nascent field of epigenetics has been helpful in elucidating upon other polygenic traits and diseases. Thus it only seems logical to apply it to the study of schizophrenia, a chronic and debilitating illness with a sundry of risk factors. In his widely cited 2013 article, Dr. Thomas Insel defines schizophrenia as “a collection of signs and … Continue reading The Epigenetics of Schizophrenia

Bipolar Disorder Linked to Accelerated Epigenetic Aging

Bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million Americans and is characterized by drastic shifts in mood, activity levels, and energy, which influences an individual’s ability to carry out daily tasks. It’s a dangerously misunderstood disease and can be easily misdiagnosed. The extreme adjustments in mood – known as mania and depression – are more severe than the … Continue reading Bipolar Disorder Linked to Accelerated Epigenetic Aging

Epigenetic Marks on DNA May Indicate Breast Cancer Risks

It’s hard not to know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Nearly one in eight women will battle this disease in her lifetime and for those women affected it becomes the battle for their life. Early detection and medical advances stem the tide of this disease, but each study brings us a little … Continue reading Epigenetic Marks on DNA May Indicate Breast Cancer Risks

Muscles ‘Remember’ Previous Exercise in the Form of Epigenetic Tags on DNA

Our muscles may actually possess a molecular memory in the form of epigenetic marks on our DNA. According to a study published in Scientific Reports, these chemical tags tell a tale of when skeletal muscles grew after exercise and could possibly help them grow bigger later on. Although you might think that month-long resistance training class that you’ve been meaning to sign … Continue reading Muscles ‘Remember’ Previous Exercise in the Form of Epigenetic Tags on DNA

Epigenetics May Explain Why Stress From Exercise is Good for the Heart

In the exercise community, it is often preached that working out is a form of medicine and can be crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Routine exercise helps to retain healthy body weight and has been shown to lower the risk of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. It’s even been shown … Continue reading Epigenetics May Explain Why Stress From Exercise is Good for the Heart

Skipping Sleep Lowers the Body’s Protective Antioxidant Levels and Induces Epigenetic Changes

Sleep is something that nearly all species need to survive. On a daily basis, humans need about 8 hours, dogs and cats recharge with around 12 hours, and the koala takes nearly the entire day — napping a whopping 22 hours. But unlike dogs, koalas, or most other animals, we humans don’t always get enough … Continue reading Skipping Sleep Lowers the Body’s Protective Antioxidant Levels and Induces Epigenetic Changes