Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
Sensory overload: Some people genetically wired to detest bright lights, big sounds

Sensory overload: Some people genetically wired to detest bright lights, big sounds

"This world is not built for sensitive people. In fact, our world is designed perfectly for those who are detached." ...
Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Some research suggests there could be health implications related to a surge in legalized marijuana use in the US. One ...
Yoga may be good for your mind, body--but what about your genes?

Yoga may be good for your mind, body–but what about your genes?

Research suggests that yoga, and similar mindfullness-focused activities, may foster genetic changes that help people cope with stress and avoid ...
Chasing origins of anorexia: Genetics may play role in the complicated disorder

Chasing origins of anorexia: Genetics may play role in the complicated disorder

Anorexia has long been treated as a psychological condition. But recent research, including a landmark genome-wide association study, are prompting scientists ...
Lose energy after eating broccoli or taking aspirin? Mystery behind salicylate intolerance

Lose energy after eating broccoli or taking aspirin? Mystery behind salicylate intolerance

The rare disorder has proven difficult for doctors to diagnose, but some estimates suggest the condition is more common than ...
Knowledge without context: Downside of direct-to-consumer genetic tests

Knowledge without context: Downside of direct-to-consumer genetic tests

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are growing in popularity. They can tell us a lot about our personal building blocks. But there ...
Autism ethics: Is search for cure the right goal?

Autism ethics: Is search for cure the right goal?

When a person has an illness, we tend to assume they want a cure. When it comes to autism, though, ...
Proceed with caution: National Academies offers 'qualified support' for gene editing 'abnormal' embryos

Proceed with caution: National Academies offers ‘qualified support’ for gene editing ‘abnormal’ embryos

The door to gene-edited humans was opened a crack by a joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of ...
Battle over America's waistline: How obesity affects having children and their health

Battle over America’s waistline: How obesity affects having children and their health

On one side are social forces behind a “fat acceptance” movement seeking to normalize obesity or at least reduce discrimination ...
What role do epigenetic changes play in development of autism?

What role do epigenetic changes play in development of autism?

What causes autism? The weight of scientific evidence implicates several genes, but genetics doesn't explain the whole story. Environmental factors ...