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?

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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. CreditMelissa 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 this … 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

How Eating Zinc Could Affect DNA Methylation and the Immune System

Zinc is a mineral that’s vital to our health and is involved in several aspects of cellular metabolism. According to the National Institutes of Health, zinc plays a role in a wide range of important processes like healing wounds, synthesizing proteins and DNA, and the division of cells. It’s even required to be able to taste … Continue reading How Eating Zinc Could Affect DNA Methylation and the Immune System

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Tips, Benefits, & What to Eat & Avoid

Source: Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Tips, Benefits, & What to Eat & Avoid by Dr. Edward Group   When you think of inflammation, you probably picture the rash you get from poison ivy or a bump that swells up when you hit your head. There's another silent form of inflammation that occurs within your body, and it does not usually … Continue reading Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Tips, Benefits, & What to Eat & Avoid

10 Natural Ways to Prevent Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Source: 10 Natural Ways to Prevent Seasonal Allergy Symptoms by Dr. Edward Group   While we should be enjoying the beauty of spring, many people suffer from seasonal allergies. From the birds to the pollen, there are many things that may cause suffering from the classic symptoms of an allergic reaction. In fact, research shows that approximately 35 … Continue reading 10 Natural Ways to Prevent Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Viral Infections are pH Sensitive

Filamentous 790 nm long for Marburg virus and 970 nm long for Ebola virus. Diameter is about 80nm. According to doctors at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University Ebola is becoming harder to treat because rapid mutation could “render treatment and vaccines ineffective.” American scientists indicate that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra … Continue reading Viral Infections are pH Sensitive