Shared Culture May Be Altering DNA, With Implications For Health

Shared Culture May Be Altering DNA, With Implications For Health

Scientists have found that culture may be leaving a heritable print on DNA. Separate from an ethnic group’s genetic ancestry, these epigenetic signatures reflect a group’s shared environment and practices, and could play an import role in health and disease.   “These data suggest that the interplay between race and ethnicity as social constructs and…

How To Know When Holiday Drinking Is Hurting Your Brain

How To Know When Holiday Drinking Is Hurting Your Brain

For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer – and, often, alcohol. Commercially speaking, alcohol and the holidays seem to be made for each other. Alcohol can be a quick and easy way to get into the spirit of celebration….

Addictions Can Be Detected In The Brain Even After Death

Addictions Can Be Detected In The Brain Even After Death

Becoming addicted to drugs or sex causes changes to the brain that can still be seen even after death. Aside from helping forensic investigators figure out how their “clients” might have lived and died, the implications of this discovery also shed light on why addicts find it so difficult to kick their habits, even if…

What Magic Mushrooms Do To Your Body And Brain

What Magic Mushrooms Do To Your Body And Brain

There’s evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind. Several studies, including two promising recent clinical trials, suggest that psilocybin, shrooms’ psychoactive ingredient, may hold the potential to help relieve severe anxiety and depression. Still, because they’re classified as Schedule 1 — meaning they have “no accepted medical use” and are illegal — it’s…

Five ways Christmas affects your brain

Five ways Christmas affects your brain

Christmas is a time of year like no other; gifts are exchanged, little-spoken-to relatives are contacted, and appetising treats are consumed with great gusto. Christmas can be both a time of stress and a time of relaxation. But whether you love or hate Christmas it’s pretty difficult to avoid – and so your brain may…