Maternal Smoking Epigenetically Harms Child Development

Thankfully, smoking is a habit all pregnant women are advised to break. But, surprisingly, this wasn’t always the case, especially in the 1940s and 1950s when doctors endorsed smoking in tobacco advertisements. Tobacco companies even ran ads hinting that pregnant women could smoke as a way to calm their nerves. With the influx of research … Continue reading Maternal Smoking Epigenetically Harms Child Development

Most Dangerous Lifestyle Activity Uncovered in New Epigenetic Mortality Risk Profile

Aging and mortality has been a fascinating topic of interest recently, particularly in the field of epigenetics. What are the chemical DNA markers of age? Can we look at someone’s epigenome to determine their risk for death? Could we reverse these epigenetic tags to restore youth or undo the pesky physical characteristics and diseases that come … Continue reading Most Dangerous Lifestyle Activity Uncovered in New Epigenetic Mortality Risk Profile

Gauge Your Age: Epigenetics and the Future of Medicine

Why do some people stay healthy throughout their lives and others don’t? While we all age, we don’t all age in the same ways or at the same rate. Epigenetic modifications are largely responsible for this phenomenon, with DNA methylation being the most studied modification. An Epigenetic Clock is a sophisticated way of tracking our “real” age by measuring methylation or demethylation at particular DNA … Continue reading Gauge Your Age: Epigenetics and the Future of Medicine

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

Study says dementia affects even those who are “highly educated” – natural treatments are the answer

Many factors can increase your risk of developing dementia, and there are those who believe that having a higher education can help lower your risk for this condition. However, according to an enlightening study, your education before you reach 20 years old is the crucial factor that can help protect you from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was published … Continue reading Study says dementia affects even those who are “highly educated” – natural treatments are the answer

Old-school smoking on the decline as more people pick up e-cigarettes

In the New York Times on April 17th, Sabrina Tavernise wrote a piece about teenagers picking up e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) and speaking of them as something they consider "edgy and exciting." One teenager interviewed said he liked the "smoke tricks" his friends do well, like vaping (exhaling) a tornado shape. The teen also spoke about enjoying menthol … Continue reading Old-school smoking on the decline as more people pick up e-cigarettes