Bisphenol A Can Reprogram Liver’s Epigenome and Result in Disease in Rats

There has been growing literature that suggests how environmental chemical exposure can lead to birth defects but the majority of the studies are association based. A fraction of those studies have shown how ambient chemical exposure affects insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism1  or affecting gut-microbiota2. But how early life chemical exposure can affect epigenetics—or change the epigenome … Continue reading Bisphenol A Can Reprogram Liver’s Epigenome and Result in Disease in Rats

Pandemic-Related Lifestyle Changes Could Affect the Epigenetic Regulation of Your Skin

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire world, and many countries have been devastated by the fallout. As this virus swept the world, it has not only changed many aspects of the global economy but also has transformed the way we live our everyday lives. The skin is one of the major body parts that have been impacted by the … Continue reading Pandemic-Related Lifestyle Changes Could Affect the Epigenetic Regulation of Your Skin

The Epigenetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises of a range of neurodevelopmental disorders characterised by social/communication deficits as well as repetitive/restrictive interests or behaviours. Currently, the exact causes of ASD symptomology is far from being understood. This is, in part, due to the complex and multifactorial nature of the disorder.Despite such complexities significant progress to understanding the disorder … Continue reading The Epigenetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Pregnant Moms’ Exposure to Pollution May Epigenetically Increase Child’s Asthma Susceptibility

Exposure to environmental pollution, such as diesel exhaust or concentrated urban air particles, during pregnancy could increase a child’s risk of developing asthma via epigenetic mechanisms. Recent research in the Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology suggests that this allergic susceptibility might even be epigenetically passed down for several generations. Asthma forms as a result … Continue reading Pregnant Moms’ Exposure to Pollution May Epigenetically Increase Child’s Asthma Susceptibility

B Vitamins Protect Against Harmful Epigenetic Effects of Air Pollution

Air pollution has a negative impact on our health and can also adjust important chemical tags on our DNA. Aside from taking steps to reduce pollution in our communities, a new study suggests that we can take B vitamins to combat the harmful effects on our bodies. Particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 … Continue reading B Vitamins Protect Against Harmful Epigenetic Effects of Air Pollution

Arsenic is toxic to humans, but these microbes live and breathe it

Researchers from the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington have discovered how some microorganisms that live in portions of the ocean where oxygen is almost absent manage to thrive. Called marine oxygen-deficient zones (ODZs), these regions are sandwiched between the oxygen-rich surface and the deep layers. In their study, which appeared in the journal PNAS, they … Continue reading Arsenic is toxic to humans, but these microbes live and breathe it

The Epigenetics Behind the Flu

When the flu hits, it typically hits hard and fast. At first, you might only notice a slight cough and some sniffles and then, before you know it, you’re unable to get out of bed. The fever, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, and overall exhaustion take over your body and you’re done for — at … Continue reading The Epigenetics Behind the Flu

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

Could Common Chemicals Tip the Epigenetic Balance and Program Someone for Obesity?

We’ve all heard of the risks of the BPA, or Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make durable plastics. BPA can be found in baby bottles, toys, water bottles, and the lining of food cans, but it has also leached into the water and air, travelling around the world. Research has shown this endocrine disruptor can … Continue reading Could Common Chemicals Tip the Epigenetic Balance and Program Someone for Obesity?

Depression Could Severely Increase Epigenetic Aging

Depression can certainly take its toll on a variety of physical and mental processes, so it’s no surprise that major depression often coincides with a shortened lifespan.  Now scientists are finding that there may be more to this link than just purely an unfortunate coincidence. According to a new study, major depression disorder (MDD) may … Continue reading Depression Could Severely Increase Epigenetic Aging