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Epigenetics

Pharmacogenetics: What It Is And Why You Need to Know

Dr. Soram Khalsa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soram Khalsa

Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person's response to drugs. This relatively new field allows us to combine pharmacology and genomics to develop effective and safe medication dosages which are specific to an individual's DNA makeup. This means minimizing side effects from the drugs!

The Promise of Paleo-Epigenetics

Jennifer Raff | Posted 06.22.2015 | Science
Jennifer Raff

Thanks to new research in the field of ancient DNA, we are now a step closer to understanding how ancient environments and cultural practices may have affected the health of people living in past societies.

Jonathan Cohn

This May Be The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut -- Luisa Cintron, 25, is sitting up as straight as she can, perched on the edge of the neatly made bed that doubles as a couc...

DISPATCH: Goddesses Never Age With Dr. Christiane Northrup

Miriam Ava | Posted 06.06.2015 | Fifty
Miriam Ava

Turning today's ageist culture on its head, Dr. Christiane Northrup offers a new portal of understanding of what it means to move through time and space without declining in health or joy.

Mae-Wan Ho: No Boundary Really Between Genetic and Epigenetic

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.25.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

As co-founder and director of ISIS (Institute of Science in Society), the UK-based organization focused on reclaiming science for the public good, Mae-Wan Ho, a geneticist, has for many years questioned the engineering of our food supply and addressed other biotechnology issues.

New Approaches for Breast Tumor Diagnostics: Epigenetic Profiles

Adam Marsh | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Adam Marsh

The power of epigenetic-based diagnostics and prognostics is exponentially growing with expanding medical research.

DNA on the Couch

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

My experience, as well as newer theories about psychotherapy, all tell me that it's not what we say, but rather the power of the therapeutic relationship that often makes the biggest difference. Maybe someday we'll discover that it leads to epigenetic changes later in life.

DNA, Dunkin' and Dingbats

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

DNA, with rare exception, is not destiny. Dinner is -- to a far greater extent than most realize, or than our culture seems inclined to put to any good use. Lifestyle can alter gene expression; we can nurture nature.

Can We Change Our Genes?

Jess Ly | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jess Ly

What if someone was to tell you that you can change your genes? What would you say? The long-standing nature vs. nurture debate has fueled many fir...

For a Better Brain, Please Sit Still

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

With mindfulness, the meditator cultivates an impartial and non-reactive awareness of everything inside and outside the body and mind. Compassion meditation strengthens an attitude of love for all other beings.

The Real Answer to Your Health Dreams

Dr. Amy Shah | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Shah

Imagine you are running through a field of grass feeling vibrant, looking healthy, and young. Now imagine that you are also disease-free and strong into your old age. Don't both those images seem too good to be true?

'I Am the Master of My Fate' -- A New Take on Free Will

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Back when schoolchildren regularly read uplifting poetry, there was a famous Victorian poem that affirmed the human birthright of free will. It was "I...

Your Baby's Brain, Part 1: Nurture Is As Important As Nature

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Today, neuroscience -- including epigenetics and the use of technology -- shows us what parents and educators have long suspected: your child needs quality bonding time with other human beings from the very beginning, especially from his/her parents.

Sense of Purpose Could Extend Life

Myles Spar, M.D. | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Myles Spar, M.D.

A study was just published in the journal Psychological Science demonstrating that "purposeful individuals lived longer than their counterparts." The...

Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription

Dr. Pamela Peeke | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Pamela Peeke

For those with bipolar disorder, it's an empowering message: No longer are you a prisoner of your genetics, thought to play a key role in the disorder. And through healthier lifestyle choices, you may be able to decrease your reliance on medication to manage your illness.

How to Outsmart Your Genes and Live a Better Life

Lillie Rosenthal | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Rosenthal

Contrary to popular belief, our DNA is not our destiny, in fact, 80 percent of how we age is determined by how we behave. We do not inherit bad genes or bad luck, just bad habits! Should I eat those chips or should I reach for a nutrient dense apple? We all know that choices matter, but how much... really?

Replace the Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism): An Interview With Denis Noble

Suzan Mazur | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Denis Noble's understanding of music is clearly reflected in the elegance with which he communicates science. Maybe that's partly why he was invited to China to talk about evolution and the need to move beyond neo-Darwinism. (Noble prefers the term "modern synthesis.")

Kathleen Miles

Deepak Chopra On How To Modify Your Own Genes

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

Physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra has an empowering message: You can actually modify your own genes through your actions and behaviors. ...

Bullying's Terrible Legacy: How Childhood Stress Can Change Our Genes Forever

Sharon Moalem | Posted 06.14.2014 | Science
Sharon Moalem

Your body is in a constant state of transformation and regeneration, and your experiences, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, from bullies to crushes to sloppy joes, have all left an indelible mark within you -- and more importantly, within your genome.

Hacking Your Genome: How Insurance Companies Legally Discriminate Against You and Your Family

Sharon Moalem | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Moalem

I always feel obliged to ask my patients to consider carefully what they might be getting themselves and their families into before they have any genetic testing or sequencing done that is not anonymous.

Initiating the Paradigm of Interconnectedness

Carsten Sudhoff | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Carsten Sudhoff

What is truly astonishing is the observable convergence between the various scientific fields on the one hand and the world's ancient wisdom traditions on the other.

What I Learned From Deepak Chopra's Presentation In Aspen

Catherine Cussaguet | Posted 03.24.2014 | Denver
Catherine Cussaguet

Aspen was blessed to have Deepak Chopra himself give a presentation at the Aspen Institute last Sunday. The topic was: " Self-Directed-Biological Tra...

Sticks, Stones and Histones

Dave Pruett | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

By analogy, DNA is hardware, but epigenetics -- literally "above genetics" -- is software. All manner of factors -- lifestyle, diet, habits, and so on -- influence gene expression by "tagging" sections of the genetic code as "on" or "off."

Lisa Belkin

Will Anxious Parents Have Anxious Kids?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

The sins of the father. The traumas and memories, too. Researchers have found evidence that we (well, mice) really can pass life experience down t...

Should You Be Tested for Alzheimer's Disease?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Alzheimer's is still a clinical diagnosis and not one that can be made solely on the basis of scans and genetic testing. The tests supply useful information to the informed physician.