Could Epigenetics Explain the Origins of Allergic Disease?

Finally, spring is here – that wonderful time of year when the temperature starts to rise and everything is in bloom. But for many of us, it also marks the beginning of allergy season. That means itchy watery eyes, sneezing, running nose, coughing and overall misery. But allergies don’t just affect people in the spring and … Continue reading Could Epigenetics Explain the Origins of Allergic Disease?

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Inflammation and Pain Management with Magnesium

Inflammation plays a pivotal role in all stages of atherosclerosis, which is the progressive narrowing and hardening of the arteries over time. Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation, or injury. Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved, … Continue reading Inflammation and Pain Management with Magnesium

Cancer Intelligence

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a first vaccine to treat prostate cancer. The price tag? $93,000. Of course, this “vaccine”, Provenge, doesn’t actually prevent cancer. It also doesn’t cure cancer. So what does it do? According to USA Today: “… studies show that the vaccine does help men with advanced prostate cancer live four months … Continue reading Cancer Intelligence

The Epigenetics of Sleep: 3 Reasons to Catch More Zzz’s

Although the mysteries surrounding sleep are still being uncovered by scientists, we do know that sleep is crucial to our daytime functioning and is vital for processes such as learning and consolidation of memories. Unfortunately, we often fail to get enough sleep even when we know how important it is. Trying to compensate for poor … Continue reading The Epigenetics of Sleep: 3 Reasons to Catch More Zzz’s

Can An Infection Alter Your Epigenome?

There are many examples of infectious agents that are capable of modifying the behavior of their host organism. Pathogens typically co-opt their host in ways that create an opportunity to spread into another host. For example, the rabies virus is transmitted through saliva, so the virus transforms its host into an unusually aggressive beast that … Continue reading Can An Infection Alter Your Epigenome?

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

Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Fungal or Bacterial? There is little hope for patients found to have a virulent strain of “totally drug-resistant tuberculosis” lung disease, doctors say, and that is because they have no idea what to use in the post-antibiotic era where drug-resistant infections rule the day. And that is because doctors are blind when faced with fungal … Continue reading Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Why Use Baking Soda for Fungus Infections

A projection of the C. auris fungus on a microscope slide. Credit Melissa Golden for The New York Times A hushed panic is playing out in hospitals around the world as a deadly fungus is spreading killing a lot of people. Individual institutions, national, state and local governments have been reluctant to publicize outbreaks of … Continue reading Why Use Baking Soda for Fungus Infections

Prenatal Maternal Stress Triggers Distinct DNA Methylation Signatures in Ice Storm Babies

The Quebec Ice Storm of 1998 was a devastating time that plunged more than 3 million Quebecers into frigid darkness without electricity for as long as 45 days. Now, more than 15 years later, researchers from McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University are finding out that the length of time a pregnant woman … Continue reading Prenatal Maternal Stress Triggers Distinct DNA Methylation Signatures in Ice Storm Babies

Arthritic Joints May Need Different Treatments Due to Diverse Epigenetic Signatures

Arthritis is a widespread, debilitating disease characterized by inflammation of the joints. It affects at least 52 million adults in the United States – that’s more than 1 out of every 5 people, according to the CDC. Although medication has improved in recent years, the diversity in pathogenic pathways in certain types of arthritis, for example, rheumatoid … Continue reading Arthritic Joints May Need Different Treatments Due to Diverse Epigenetic Signatures