The Role of the Microbiota in Preventing Allergies

Source: Medical Xpress The human body is inhabited by billions of symbiotic bacteria, carrying a diversity that is unique to each individual. The microbiota is involved in many mechanisms, including digestion, vitamin synthesis and host defense. It is well established that a loss of bacterial symbionts promotes the development of allergies. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum […]

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Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors During Pregnancy Affects the Brain Two Generations Later

Source: Medical Xpress Prenatal exposure to low doses of the environmental contaminants polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, change the developing brain in an area involved in metabolism, and some effects are apparent even two generations later, a new study finds. Performed in rats, the research will be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting […]

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Toxic Exposure Could Be Causing a Pandemic of Brain Disorders in Kids

Source: Elizabeth Grossman via Quartz The numbers are startling. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million more children in the US were diagnosed with developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2008 than a decade earlier. During this time, the prevalence of autism climbed nearly 300%, while that of attention deficit […]

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Obesity, Epigenetics, and Gene Regulation

Source: Jill U Adams via Scitable Of two genetically identical mice, how can one be small and another fat? Research on epigenetic changes resulting from the environment can give us clues into obesity in mice–and humans. Our genome contains all the information to make us who we are, but many of the details of our […]

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Epigenetics: The Ever-Changing Genetic Landscape Within Us

Source: Dyani Lewis via ABC Health & Wellbeing When it comes to your health, the genes you inherit from your parents and grandparents play a significant role. But it’s not just about their genes; you can also be affected by the environmental factors they encountered. Have you ever wondered why identical twins aren’t actually identical? […]

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Cesarean Section May Cause Epigenetic Changes

Source: Medical Xpress A new study from Karolinska Institutet indicates that the mode of delivery could make an imprint in the stem cells of the newborn infant. The finding may be of interest for understanding why individuals born by cesarean section statistically have an increased risk of immunological diseases. However, it is still unclear if […]

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3 New Understandings for Perinatal Diets

It is well accepted that a nutritious diet is important during pregnancy, which is probably why pregnancy multivitamins are the most commonly purchased nutritional supplement in Australia.  However recent scientific advances have verified that there is an inextricable link between perinatal nutrition and an infant’s risk of developing non communicable diseases later in life.  In […]

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Toxic playgrounds: Broken Hill kids exposed to poisonous dust

By Mark Patrick Taylor; Louise Kristensen; Marek Rouillon, and Simon Mould In the shadows of Broken Hill’s rich mining history lies a legacy of contamination and regulatory failure that will likely outlive any benefits locals derive from mining. One in five children aged under five in Broken Hill have blood lead levels above the current […]

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Toxic chemicals and pollutants affect kids’ brain development

By Mark Patrick Taylor The news that toxic chemicals may be triggering a rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in the United States has rightly prompted concern among parents. But what contaminants are Australian children exposed to that might increase the risk of brain and developmental disorders? In 2006, US researchers Philippe […]

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How much do we know about when disease starts

By Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia The importance of the early childhood years in shaping adult life is not a new concept. For many years now, parents have been playing, talking, reading, singing, and exercising their children in increasingly more refined ways in the (quite correct) belief that these behaviours will lead to better […]

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