Epigenetic Marks on a Stress-Related Gene Linked to Suicide Risk

Many people consider suicide to be taboo, and it’s a subject that is often avoided. However, the more we understand the reasoning behind why some people are pressed to commit suicide, the better equipped we may be to offer support and guidance for treatment. Interestingly, certain lifestyles and various environmental factors might be able to … Continue reading Epigenetic Marks on a Stress-Related Gene Linked to Suicide Risk

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Panic Disorder Might Have an Epigenetic Explanation

Fight-or-flight is a physiological response that occurs when an individual has been exposed to a perceived threat. This well-known stress response pathway is critical for the survival of many organisms. However, people with different types of anxiety-driven disorders can experience intense stress even with little to no stimuli. For individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders, the feeling … Continue reading Panic Disorder Might Have an Epigenetic Explanation

Scarred For Life: The Epigenetics of Fear

When someone is truly scared or traumatized, they might say they were “scarred for life”. While this might seem like a metaphor, recent studies show that fear might actually leave permanent epigenetic marks on your DNA, marks you could potentially pass down to your children or grandchildren. Fear is a basic biological process. In their … Continue reading Scarred For Life: The Epigenetics of Fear

Love Is What We Need

According to a study in the recent issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, people who “fall in love at first sight” do so in a fifth of a second. Sandeep Ravindran’s essay “Euphoria of romance can blunt intense pain, researchers find”starts with, “‘One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is … Continue reading Love Is What We Need

Sexual Medicine and the Rape of Humanity

Sex is an explosive subject, one that many people just cannot deal with. Religious people like to make judgments about sex that can turn ugly as they are threatened with anything that takes them out of their box of fixed concepts and ideas. Doctors on the other hand have to deal with human sexuality in … Continue reading Sexual Medicine and the Rape of Humanity

A Child’s Mental Fitness Could Be Epigenetically Influenced by Dad’s Diet

We often think that taking supplements is a good thing – but what if we consume too much? And could doing so negatively affect our children? Researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) found that fathers who consumed an excessive amount of certain supplements could epigenetically harm their offspring, affecting their children’s memory … Continue reading A Child’s Mental Fitness Could Be Epigenetically Influenced by Dad’s Diet

Stress, Cancer and Sexuality

Anything that compromises your immune system dramatically reduces your chances for long term survival. It’s understandable that sexuality may not be the primary focus for most cancer patients, at least not right away. But at some point, whether because of sexual changes, relationship issues, or difficulties with fertility, patients realize the impact of cancer on … Continue reading Stress, Cancer and Sexuality

Magnesium Baths for Safer Pregnancy and Birth

For many women, the height of luxury is soaking in a warm and even hot therapeutic bath. For pregnant women the bath itself is very relaxing with the real allure of a half hour of no responsibility and no interruptions. A warm bath is not only safe, but very soothing for the pregnant mom-to-be. In fact, … Continue reading Magnesium Baths for Safer Pregnancy and Birth

3 Epigenetic Reasons to Meditate Your Stress away

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, people are living with stress at levels higher than what is considered healthy. Unsurprisingly, the APA found the top four sources of stress to be money, work, family responsibilities, and health concerns. Are you nervous about that project that’s due this week? Worried about … Continue reading 3 Epigenetic Reasons to Meditate Your Stress away

Epigenetics Provides Insight on Potential Relief for Memory Disorders

The formation of memories has been a popular research topic among the science community.  They occur by a familiar stimulus reactivating a specific group of neurons, but not much else is known about the exact logistics involved in how a memory is created and retained. Many memory-related disorders like Alzheimer’s and PTSD directly affect a … Continue reading Epigenetics Provides Insight on Potential Relief for Memory Disorders