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

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

Epigenetic Regulation of a Single Gene Controls Drug and Stress Responses

Researchers have found that the regulation of a specific gene located in an area of the brain linked to depression and drug addiction can reduce the way someone responds to drugs and stressful situations. A mouse study that focused on the epigenetic regulation of a single gene was carried out at the Icahn School of Medicine at … Continue reading Epigenetic Regulation of a Single Gene Controls Drug and Stress Responses

Smoking Linked to Epigenetic Warning Signs of Cancer in Cheek Cells

New research published in JAMA Oncology shows that DNA damage that occurs as a result of smoking may be found in cheek swabs. In light of this research, smoking is thought to adjust the epigenetic profile of cheek cells and the resulting epigenetic landscape may even be used as an early warning sign of other cancers typically … Continue reading Smoking Linked to Epigenetic Warning Signs of Cancer in Cheek Cells

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

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

Marijuana Use May Epigenetically Impact Sperm Health

Marijuana has been the topic of much recent debate across the United States, and its legalization has undoubtedly gained some ground. Almost all states in the US have legalized marijuana in some capacity, whether it be for medicinal or recreational purposes which could have a positive effect on both medicine and the economy. Cannabis has … Continue reading Marijuana Use May Epigenetically Impact Sperm Health

How do cancerous tumors grow? With sugar!

New research finds that cancerous tumors feed on sugar to become more aggressive, as reported by the Science Daily. The study was a nine-year joint research effort that focused on the Warburg effect, which is the process by which cancer cells quickly break down sugar and stimulate the growth of tumors. “Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption … Continue reading How do cancerous tumors grow? With sugar!