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Racism will not be solved by there being more mixed-race children | Nikesh Shukla | Life and style | The Guardian
“Beige Britain” won’t be the utopia we want. It’ll be the same country it always was, but with a significant demographic change. The whole “mixed-race kids ending racism” feeling is a nice thought that doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t look at divisions in the country right now. It doesn’t interrogate problems we have. It doesn’t end inequality. //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI2TqlOA0vo - Alon Ziv, author of the book Breeding Between the Lines - Why Interracial People Are Healthier & More Attractive
UK  USA  discrimination  Racism  post-racial  BAME  hate  speech  crime  inequality  social  poverty  trap  mobility  minority  meritocracy  meritocratic  Austerity  opportunity  education  policy  Gesellschaft  Xenophobia  prejudice  Stigma  Vorurteil  JAM  Theresa  May  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  segregation  Culture  Muslim  Islamophobia  mixed-race  Interracial  public  health  symmetry  beauty  epigenetics  genetics  Brazil  book 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Breast cancer gene mutation 'doesn't affect survival' - BBC News
About a third of those with the BRCA mutation had a double mastectomy to remove both breasts. This surgery did not appear to improve their chances of survival at the 10-year mark. [...] Fiona MacNeill, of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, who was not involved in the research, said: "This study can reassure young women with breast cancer, particularly those with triple negative cancer or who are BRCA carriers, that breast conservation with radiotherapy is a safe option in the first decade after diagnosis and double mastectomy is not essential or mandatory at initial treatment.

She added: "In view of this, younger women with breast cancer can take time to discuss whether radical breast surgery is the right choice for them as part of a longer-term risk reducing strategy." &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41503013 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42063704
BRCA  Cancer  breast  epigenetics  genetics 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Internal 'clock' makes some people age faster and die younger – regardless of lifestyle | Science | The Guardian
Scientists have found the most definitive evidence yet that some people are destined to age quicker and die younger than others - regardless of their lifestyle.

The findings could explain the seemingly random and unfair way that death is sometimes dealt out, and raise the intriguing future possibility of being able to extend the natural human lifespan.

“You get people who are vegan, sleep 10 hours a day, have a low-stress job, and still end up dying young,” said Steve Horvath, a biostatistician who led the research at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We’ve shown some people have a faster innate ageing rate.”
DNA  ageing  epigenetics  biology  science  complexity  genetics  gene  microbiome  longevity 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
'Superhero DNA' keeps diseases at bay
Large numbers of studies have tried to understand these mutations by looking at people who become ill.
But the international team of researchers tried the opposite approach - searching for people harbouring damaging mutations but who remain healthy. [...] "Study the healthy, don't just study the sick."
However, this is where the tantalising story ends. The scientists were unable to go out and find the lucky 13 because of the consent rules signed when their DNA sample was taken.
It means they do not know what is protecting them against disease. [...] "Because of the inability to confirm the source or validity of the variants and the inability to recontact the individuals, this paper does not constitute a proof of principle," [ means they have to do a large-scale study especially for this kind of research ]
genetics  epigenetics  medical  advances  DNA  DNA  damage  telomerase  telomere  telomeres  Genome  sequencing  genomics  23andme 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Stem cells 'link' to repeat miscarriages, say scientists - BBC News
[ is this a western phenomenon? sick population? not africa, not some parts of japan? ] Accelerated ageing "In fact, this may be the only way to really prevent miscarriages in these cases." The team found a shortfall of stem cells was the likely cause of accelerated ageing of the womb lining which resulted in the failure of some pregnancies. The lining has to renew itself each cycle and this renewal capacity is dependent on the resident stem cell population. Prof Brosens said: "Cultured cells from women who had had three or more consecutive miscarriages showed that ageing cells in the lining of the womb don't have the ability to prepare adequately for pregnancy." [...] "The real challenge now is to develop strategies to increase the function of stem cells in the womb lining," she said. The team will soon start piloting new interventions to improve the womb lining, she said. [ diet and lifestyle? ]
premature  ageing  chronic  diseases  telomere  genetics  epigenetics  sick  population  health  crisis  miscarriage  IVF  female  fertility  fertility  infertility  assisted  fertility  treatments 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Lena Dunham to have surgery after ovarian cyst rupture - BBC Newsbeat
endometriosis. // http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=endometriosis - ovarian cyst - PCOS //&! Wikipedia - "It has been proposed that endometriosis results from a series of multiple hits within target genes, in a mechanism similar to the development of cancer. In this case, the initial mutation may be either somatic or heritable." //&! http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Endometriosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx //&! https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/causes-endometriosis - Many women with endometriosis appear to have reduced immunity to other conditions. It is not known whether this contributes to endometriosis or whether it is as a result of endometriosis. // is it more common in western world than Africa (non-westernised) and Japan (non-westernised)? Thus environmental, ie diet.!?
epigenetics  genetics  immune  system  autoimmune  disease  autoimmune  response  cancer  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  chronic  low-grade  inflammation 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
New blood test to detect inherited heart conditions - BBC News
He was suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
genetics  epigenetics 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scientists get 'gene editing' go-ahead - BBC News
UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos. It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it. The research will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London and aims to provide a deeper understanding of the earliest moments of human life. It will be illegal for the scientists to implant the modified embryos into a woman. But the field is attracting controversy over concerns it is opening the door to designer - or GM - babies.
DNA  genes  geneticallyengineered  genetics  gene  editing  gene  expression  complexity  unknown  unkown  ethics  Religion 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal' - BBC News
Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking. Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios which he singles out. And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go wrong". Prof Hawking is giving this year's BBC Reith Lectures, which explore research into black holes, and his warning came in answer to audience questions. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive. "Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years. [...] But he also said that future generations of researchers should be aware of how scientific and technological progress is changing the world, and to help the wider public understand it. //&! bit.ly/1RwS7yA
humanity  blackswan  GFC  self-regulation  humanitarian  crisis  human  tragedy  geneticallyengineered  genetics  gene  editing  global  warming  climate  crisis  climate  change  food  security  National  health  crisis  antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  post-antibiotic  era  sick  population  nuclear  power  nuclear  waste  nuclear  war  climate  science  climate  system  water  scarcity  watersupply  water  rights  water  supply  water  pollution  water  security  drinking  water  inequality  Super  Rich  1%  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  shared  economic  interest  Stephen  Hawking  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  mass  extinction  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  Fukushima  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  economic  damage  AI  artificial  intelligence  Elon  Musk 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Gentechnik: Babys wunderbar genormt - Berg-Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Alles, was anders aussieht, was defekt und nicht dem Durchschnitt zu entsprechen scheint, wird abgelehnt. Wir sehen keine Menschen mit Behinderungen im öffentlichen Leben, zu dünne oder dicke Menschen werden offensiv in den wunderbaren sozialen Medien verachtet und gehasst. Deine Nase ist zu groß, dein Kiefer zu sperrig: Mach was, Mensch! Mach dich zum Teil der grauen Masse, der Jogger, der Kieferknochenmahler. Was also spricht gegen wunderbar perfekte Babys, wunderbar genormte Menschen?
gene  editing  ethics  genetics  gene  doping  Transhumanism  gene  therapy  medical  advances  culture  Disabled  cystic  fibrosis 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Future of human gene editing to be decided at landmark summit | Science | The Guardian
Jennifer Doudna, an inventor of a gene editing tool called Crispr-Cas9, said Asilomar was much in mind when the summit was organised. “I think it’s this generation’s version of Asilomar,” she says. “It’s a very exciting time, but as with any powerful technology, there is always the risk that something will be done either intentionally or unintentionally that somehow has ill effects.”
DNA  genetics  gene  doping  humanity  ethics  gene  editing  medical  profession  medical  advances  medical  research  GMO  evolution  complexity  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Age of menopause 'controllers' found - BBC News
Damage corrected. Comparing the DNA of nearly 70,000 women allowed the researchers to identify the differences between those starting the menopause early and late. The team at Exeter and Cambridge universities showed that at least two repair mechanisms were involved. The first is used when the eggs are being formed and the woman's DNA is being broken, rearranged and repaired. The second corrects damage, caused by factors such as smoking or alcohol, throughout a woman's life. Both would influence the number of viable eggs a woman has. //&! Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet repairs DNA and telomere shorten slower. It is an anti-ageing diet. Period. - nutritionfacts.org/?s=DNA
telomere  DNA  epigenetics  genetics  premature  ageing  ageing  anti-ageing  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  Diet  carnism  omnivore  Standard  American  Diet  anti-inflammatory  inflammation  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  Western  pattern  dieting  sedentary  lifestyle  lifestyle  lifestyle  medicine  active  lifestyle  medical  profession  medical  research  medical  advances  genome 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Rare 'healthy' smokers' lungs explained - BBC News
The analysis of more than 50,000 people showed favourable mutations in people's DNA enhanced lung function and masked the deadly impact of smoking. The Medical Research Council scientists say the findings could lead to new drugs to improve lung function. But not smoking will always be the best option, they say. [...] The habit also increases the risk of heart disease and cancers, which are not considered in this study. The scientists also uncovered parts of the genetic code which were more common in smokers than non-smokers. They seem to alter the brain's function and how easily someone can become addicted to nicotine, although that still needs to be confirmed.
tobacco  genetics  epigenetics  premature  ageing  ageing  anti-ageing  smoking  cancer  atherosclerosis  heart  disease  vascular  disease  Cardiovascular  disease  coronary  artery  disease 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Genetic clue to breast cancer relapses - BBC News
A research team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge found that cancers that return were more likely to contain certain genes or combinations of genes. Targeting these genes with early treatments could be key, they said. The study is being presented at the European Cancer Congress in Vienna. In around one in five people with breast cancer, the disease will return - either to the same place as the original tumour or another part of the body.
cancer  genetics  epigenetics  breast  cancer  estrogen  receptor  negative  breast  cancer  Vegan  Whole  Plant  Foods  IGF-1  carnism  omnivore  western  diet  Standard  American  diet  pattern  diet  western  lifestyle  sedentary  lifestyle  medical  profession  medical  research  medical  advances  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  Whole-Food  Plant-Based 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
The Radical New Science of Longevity - YouTube
min15 diet slows or speeds up ageing. Intermittent fasting ie once a month +3 days. cheat would be juice fast or broth. but here is the kicker, whole food plant based diet (vegan) does mimic parts of fasting, evidence in seen in certain factors that get activated when you really do fast. slowing down the burn rate of the many reactors (cells) we have. slowing down the cell division & thus keeping telomere's intact for longer. see also epigenetics. stress does age u. stress in many forms. same with methionine restriction - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18789600 - The low-methionine content of vegan diets may make methionine restriction feasible as a life extension strategy. || min 23:00 chemotherapy does accelerate ageing and shows side effects a decade down the rate. ie higher rate of bone cancer occurrence. // min 41 stem cell therapy, currently used in focused approach vs future of preventative supplementation. ie using own blood plasma injected in face 2 increase collagen production
premature  ageing  anti-ageing  diet  anti-inflammatory  diet  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  chronic  diseases  chronic  stress  cancer  epigenetics  Vegan  Whole  Plant  Foods  Whole  Foods  complexity  telomere  chemotherapy  side  effect  big  pharma  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  genetics  gene  expression  stem  cell  treatment  stem  cell  stem  cell  cosmetics  stem  cell  therapy  blood  plasma  dementia  Alzheimer 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
SPIEGEL.TV - Allergien Therapien
Immune System has a problem to differentiate between good and bad. Kids made, born & grown up on villages with traditional agriculture are much more less susceptible to allergies & Asthma. "Bauernhof-Effect" Thus one has to argue that non-allergic mom's should go regularly to villages with traditional agriculture to inform the unborn baby's immune system that xyz are normal. Still correlation isn't causation. But link is certainly there. // Studies have also found that mom's exposure to certain engineered chemicals during late-term pregnancy can cause asthma (ie Styrene from new carpets that air out, for the new yet to arrive childs room).
unintended  consequences  urbanisation  autoimmune  response  autoimmune  disease  immune  system  Asthma  parenthood  parenting  parents  epigenetics  genetics  western  lifestyle  western  world  western  society 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Panorama - Can You Cure My Cancer?
from min 50:: immuno-therapy for melanoma / skin cancer with or without metastasises.
skin  cancer  cancer  immune  system  epigenetics  genetics 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Video "Schwangerschaft auf Eis gelegt: Frauenemanzipation durch "Social Freezing"?" | Kontraste | ARD Mediathek
Schwangerschaft aber 45 wird gefaehrlich. >> on a side note, best time for kid (epigenetics view) is ~20-35 time window, after that "quality" takes a dive. and childhood ... parent of an active 14 year old teenage with 55/60?!?!
Social  Freezing  feminism  feminist  Germany  USA  Silicon  Valley  epigenetics  genetics  parenthood  childhood 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests Cancer Can't Be Eradicated : NPR
The sensationalist assertions made in this article (particularly in the headline) don't follow from the results that the article describes. Part of the blame for this sensationalism seems to fall at the feet of the original scientist himself (Bosch). He makes an unfounded leap from the biological result that cancer seems to be an intrinsic property of genetic processes in cells (and the statements "You have to interfere with fundamental pathways", "It's a web of interactions" and "It's very difficult to do") to the assertion "will probably never be completely eradicated". Difficult is not the same as impossible. ||>> how we eat, how active we are, and our living environment (pollution and stress) is itself a multiplying factor whether or not we die of old age or of cancer or bc of complications of toxic medical cancer treatment. Period. Putting genetics out for the picture here. // via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8210560
cancer  medical  research  medical  advances  medical  profession  Vegan  omnivore  pollution  chronic  stress  Oxidative  stress  stress  living  environment  well  being  living  standard  standard  of  living  public  health  public  health  policy  low-hanging  fruit  epigenetics  genetics  immune  system  antioxidant  free  radicals  radiation  cellphone  radiation  mutation  DNA  evolution  premature  ageing  anti-ageing  ageing  Transhumanism 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not The Egg's : Shots - Health News : NPR
So then why does the risk of birth defects increase as women get older? It's more likely that there's no one maternal-age effect on eggs, Rowsey says. "There are many different factors that come into play, and we have to explain them all." The proteins that bind chromosomes together may degrade over the years that the egg is waiting in a woman's ovary, Rowsey says. The number of eggs that women have is also depleted over time, so there might be fewer good ones to choose from. Whatever the causes, the maternal-age effect is undeniable. "The rate of chromosomal abnormality appears to be hard-wired into our species," says Hassold. "The only thing that moves the dial is maternal age."
epigenetics  parenthood  childhood  childhood  development  genetics 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Steroids can benefit athletes for a decade after use
Norwegian scientists had previously published work that showed the existence of a "muscle memory". This suggested that if people exercised when they were young, their muscles grew more easily when they exercised later in life. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote In science if you cheat you are out for life, and my personal view is that it should be similar for athletes” Prof Kristian Gundersen University of Oslo The same team has now looked at the impact of a brief exposure to testosterone on mice. They found that three months after the drug was withdrawn, their muscles grew by 30% after six days of exercise. A control group of mice saw growth of just 6% in the same time period.
Science  Sport  Science  Doping  Doping  Opfer  Anti-Doping-Law  Anti-Doping  Anti-Doping-Gesetz  gene  epigenetics  muscle  memory  genetics  WADA 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Disease in Two Big Studies - NYTimes.com
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is an important part of the immune system. Receptors for the vitamin and related enzymes are found throughout cells and tissues of the body, suggesting it may be vital to many physiological functions, said Dr. Oscar H. Franco, a professor of preventive medicine at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and an author of one of the new studies, which appeared in the journal BMJ. “It has effects at the genetic level, and it affects cardiovascular health and bone health,” he said. “There are different hypotheses for the factors that vitamin D regulates, from genes to inflammation. That’s the reason vitamin D seems so promising.”
epigenetics  genetics  Vitamin  D  Vegan  anti-inflammatory  diet  inflammation  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  western  lifestyle  western  diet  pattern  diet  western  society  medical  research  medical  advances  medical  profession  Standard  American  Whole  Foods 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
Kris Carr speaks about cancer and The China Study - YouTube
Slowed significantly, Stable Cancer ('incurable'). See more peer reviewed medical research (evidence based) on it :: http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=cancer + http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=prostate+cancer + https://www.youtube.com/user/KrisCarrTV // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyWTj4Xh-rY + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2iPurl324Q + // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGvM0exvn2c << self-care, self care, public health policy, public health, health crisis, health science, sustainability, sustainable, 'cancer begins in early age, tiny micro cancer cells; its about the environment we create - one where cancer flourishes or where one that doesn't and thus it can't kill you.' Bottled juices in Stores are pasteurised and laden with extra sugar and preservatives. BAD! | http://youtu.be/EbkWhGbB50k "living in the moment. being present." *Marie Forleo + productivity. + http://youtu.be/kQrzeRL2Zkc :: Kris Carr & Marie Forleo - Personal Brand
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Alter des Vaters ist ein Risikofaktor für psychische Störungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Aus medizinischer Sicht kann die insgesamt etwas spätere Familiengründung Risiken bergen, das legten schon mehrere Studien nahe. Experten vermuten, dass die Spermien der Männer mit zunehmendem Alter mehr Mutationen im Erbgut enthalten - darunter eben auch schädliche. Jetzt präsentieren Forscher aus Schweden und den USA im Fachjournal "Jama Psychiatry" eine weitere Studie, die zeigt: Das Risiko für verschiedene psychische Störungen, darunter ADHS, Autismus und Psychosen, nimmt mit steigendem Alter des Vaters zu. [...] Gleichwohl waren die Wissenschaftler über die deutlichen Effekte erstaunt. "Wir waren erschüttert von den Ergebnissen", sagt D'Onofrio. "Die Zusammenhänge mit dem Alter des Vaters waren viel, viel größer als in früheren Studien." Auch wenn natürlich viele Kinder älterer Väter überhaupt nicht mit den beschriebenen Problemen zu kämpfen hätten, sei es doch wichtig, über die möglichen Risiken aufzuklären.
epigenetics  genetics  mental  health  parenthood  parents  childhood  childhood  development  children  ADHD  Autism  Psychiatry  psychology  Psychosis  bipolar  disorder  addiction  Vegan  western  lifestyle  western  diet 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
Alcoholism Through a Doctor's Eyes - NYTimes.com
These reactions still occur, even though scientists have recently identified a genetic component to alcoholism. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are a series of genes that are responsible for roughly half the risk of someone becoming an alcoholic. Another facet of alcoholism that remains familiar is the lack of good treatment options. Detoxification and rehabilitation programs are expensive and not that effective. And while new research suggests that drugs can be used to facilitate drinking in moderation, I still refer the vast majority of my alcoholic patients to A.A., just as other doctors did 80 years ago. Yet even A.A.’s ability to maintain ongoing sobriety among its participants is only about 10 percent, although certain populations, with stronger social supports, do better.
A.A.  alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  prejudice  stereotype  epigenetics  genetics  medical  research  addiction 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Angelina's mastectomy... and other medical stories of 2013
And there is no doubt about the impact a poor night's sleep has on the whole body. The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week. [...] There was a shift in understanding psychiatric disorders when it was shown autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia all shared several genetic risk factors.
HIV  BRCA-1  BRCA-2  cancer  Cardiovascular  disease  infertility  female  fertility  assisted  fertility  treatments  IVF  breast  cancer  neurodegenerative  diseases  Alzheimer  dementia  public  health  policy  public  health  western  lifestyle  western  diet  neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  stemcell  treatment  stemcell  Sleep  hygiene  sleeping  REM  epigenetics  genetics  active  lifestyle  lifestyle  zoonosis  Zoonotic  H7N9  post-antibiotic  era  antibiotics  psychiatric  disorders  psychology  Psychiatry 
december 2013 by asterisk2a
BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy - YouTube
turning on suppression mechanisms of cancer cell proliferation. and DNA repair ... called epigenetics. through ... Vegan Diet!
methylation  hypermethylation  BRCA-2  BRCA-1  Vegan  mRNA  genetics  breast  cancer  polymorphism  BRCA  RNA  epigenetics  DNA  cancer 
october 2013 by asterisk2a
Smart Teenage Brains May Get Some Extra Learning Time : Shots - Health News : NPR
Hewitt and Brant don't know why some teenagers continue to learn at the pace of much younger children. It may be that smart kids gravitate to challenging activities and this keeps them receptive to learning. Or it could be that genes that lead to high IQ also trigger an extended learning period. [...] The study, published in Psychological Science, suggests that for many children it may be a mistake to stop learning new things. Even if you're a teenager, it might not be too late to start learning Chinese, chess or the cello.
genetics  environment  IQ  brain  plasticity  childhood  learning  living  environment  childhood  development  brain 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Prozess im Eisschnelllauf: Claudia Pechstein will Schadenersatz - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Wir greifen den Internationalen Sportgerichtshof Cas als Institution an, wir halten ihn für kein geeignetes Schiedsgericht", sagt der Münchner Anwalt schon vor Prozessbeginn und schiebt damit die Angriffslinie nach vorn. Im Prozess will er ein Urteil erzwingen, das es Sportlern künftig ermöglichen soll, auch zivilrechtlich in ihren Ländern gegen ein Urteil des Cas vorzugehen. [...] In der Schweiz sei man "nicht gut aufgehoben, wenn man Gerechtigkeit will". Das sehe man ja daran, wie ungeschoren die der Korruption verdächtigen Herren des Weltfußballverbands Fifa davonkämen.
DFB  FIFA  ISU  Anti-Doping-Law  I.O.C.  Power  Play  Claudia  Pechstein  accountability  Sportgerichtsbarkeit  doping  transparency  Anti-Doping  genetics  DESG  corruption  UCI  Anti-Doping-Gesetz  Machtspiele  CAS  Machtgehabe  gene  doping  Court  of  Arbitration  for  Sport 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Stimmt's?: Riechen Vegetarier besser als Fleischesser? | ZEIT ONLINE
vegan (in this case vegetarian) = switched on genes / healthier being = better mating partner to make off-springs.
genetics  vegan  epigenetics  omnivore  social  science  evolution  pheromone 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Doping im Fußball: "Mafiöse Methoden von mafiösen Systemen" - NZ-Sport - nordbayern.de
Bei der vorletzten WM 2011 in Daegu / Südkorea gaben in einer anonymen Befragung 29 Prozent der Athleten zu, in der Vorbereitung gedopt zu haben. [...] Man muss sich nur mal die Liste der fast 300 weltweit Gesperrten in der Leichtathletik anschauen, dann weiß man, was los ist. Der Rest der Athleten weiß, wie sie positive Dopingtests vermeiden können, oder hat einfach Glück, im richtigen Moment für sie die Tester an der Haustüre ohne Sorgen empfangen zu können. Wettkampf-Dopingtests während einer WM oder Olympischer Spiele darf man natürlich nicht überbewerten. Nur die ganz Dummen dopen nahe am Wettkampf oder gar Wettkampf selbst! [ + elite sport is celebration of genetic advantage ]
Book  DFB  David  Epstein  Doping-System  West  DOSB  Usain  Bolt  FIFA  Politics  Anti-Doping-Law  I.O.C.  Power  Play  accountability  doping  transparency  Anti-Doping  conflict  of  interest  Anti-Doping-Gesetz  Machtspiele  hypocrisy  Machtgehabe  IAAF  elite  sports  NADA  trust  Soccer  confidence  Jamaica  evolution  trustagent  genetics  USADA  gene  doping  WADA 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Mums-to-be with unhealthy diets are 'more likely to have badly behaved children' | Mail Online
Study finds children's behaviour in later life is affected by mother's diet during pregnancy Also reveals junk foods cause increased anxiety and depression in children First research to show nutrition in womb can affect a child's mental as well as physical health
Society  complexity  anxiety  parenthood  junk  food  public  health  policy  medical  research  unintended  consequences  depression  health  crisis  genetics  nutrition  epigenetics  mental  health  childhood  health  policy  health  science  childhood  development  parenting  public  health 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Milestone study probes cancer origin
The well-known ones such as UV damage and smoking mutate the DNA, increasing the odds of cancer.
Alcohol  immune  system  mutation  public  health  policy  pollution  western  lifestyle  ageing  genetics  vegan  environment  epigenetics  Oxidative  stress  smoking  lifestyle  skin  cancer  DNA  living  environment  premature  ageing  cancer  public  health  aging 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Children of obese mothers 'have higher heart risk'
It is not known how much of the link is down to genetics, influences in the womb or later lifestyle. But the authors say their findings, in the British Medical Journal, are of "major public health concern". One woman in five in the UK is obese at their antenatal booking appointment. >> + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12764721 More than half of women who gave birth in Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital last year were either obese or overweight, the BBC has learned. Consultant obstetrician Alyson Hunter said the problem was turning into an epidemic. + >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-22538518
parents  miscarriage  complexity  diabetes  parenthood  obesity  public  health  policy  obesity  epidemic  unintended  consequences  health  crisis  genetics  vegan  high  blood  pressure  unknown  unkown  epigenetics  pregnancy  IVF  childhood  health  policy  thrombosis  health  science  childhood  development  public  health  healthcare 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
espnW & The Magazine: Brittney Griner - ESPN Video - ESPN
Brittney Griner >> Elite Sports: Celebration for Genetic Variation to Favor one type of Sport. >> http://www.musedmagonline.com/2013/05/brittney-griner-covers-espn-magazine-the-taboo-issue-photo/ >> "...scrolling through Twitter and Instagram, as she does routinely, to see what people are saying about her. The hits come quickly: "You're disgusting." [Scroll.] "Ur a man." [Scroll.] "What are you? #man? #ape?"..."Here's one," she says, rolling her eyes. "'You have a penis.'" Satisfied that her troll chorus still cares, Griner puts away the phone. "Reading what people say makes me want to be me even more."
gender  expression  gender  queer  gender  norms  gender  conforming  sports  sport  genetics  LGBTQ  gender  role  gender  binary  Brittney  Griner  stereotype  gender  identity  gender  policing  gender  gender  politics  gender  non-conforming  LGBT 
june 2013 by asterisk2a
Hot Dogs & Leukemia | NutritionFacts.org
90-95% of Cancer Risk is the Environment. Diet and Lifestyle (ie too much sun exposure, air pollution, water pollution, excessive cell phone usage, carcinogens in product like make-up, smoking, lack of exercise, alcohol).
Alcohol  heavy  metal  pollution  pollution  western  lifestyle  air  pollution  genetics  epigenetics  western  diet  western  society  water  pollution  cancer  alcohol-abuse  alcoholism 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
Seeking Clues to a Heart Killer in the DNA Binding a Family - NYTimes.com
Researchers have long known that a family history of early death from heart disease doubles a person’s risk independently of any other factors. Family history is defined as having a father or a brother who were given a diagnosis of heart disease before age 55 or a mother or sister before age 65.
genetics  heart  disease  epigenetics  DNA  Cardiovascular  disease 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
Wie sich Fett auf den Stoffwechsel und die Gene auswirkt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Fett zaubert nicht nur Polster auf die Hüften, es verändert auch Gene und Stoffwechsel. Forscher haben jetzt im Detail beobachtet, wie sich eine fettreiche Ernährung auf den Körper auswirkt. Demnach erhöht der Energieträger nicht nur Blutdruck und Hunger, sondern schraubt auch am Tag-Nacht-Rhythmus. >> Low-Fat (No Oil) Vegan Diet <<
body  fat  adipose  tissue  leptin  immune  system  diabetes  autoimmune  disease  obesity  public  health  policy  obesity  epidemic  sleeping  adipocytes  health  crisis  melatonin  epigenetics  endocrine  system  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  REM  sleep  inflammation  autoimmune  response  blood  pressure  metabolism  endocrine  disorders  sleep  Cardiovascular  disease  genetics  vegan  hygiene  metabolic  syndrome  DNA  gene  expression  endocrinology  public  health 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
IMPACT OF BRIEF EXERCISE ON PERIPHERAL BLOOD NK CELL GENE AND MicroRNA EXPRESSION IN YOUNG ADULTS
Exercise alters expression of 986 genes and 23 microRNAs, boosting immunity through "cancer and cell communication"
genetics  epigenetics  public  health  policy  gene  expression  health  science  public  health 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
Why Fathers Really Matter - NYTimes.com
Doctors have been telling men for years that smoking, drinking and recreational drugs can lower the quality of their sperm. What doctors should probably add is that the health of unborn children can be affected by what and how much men eat; the toxins they absorb; the traumas they endure; their poverty or powerlessness; and their age at the time of conception. In other words, what a man needs to know is that his life experience leaves biological traces on his children. Even more astonishingly, those children may pass those traces along to their children.

[...] Genes matter, and culture matters, and how fathers behave matters, too.

**A certain lifestyle and environment switches on/off certain genes and functions - point in time information - that gets carried on to the baby.**

[...] Our genes can be switched on or off by three environmental factors, among other things: what we ingest (food, drink, air, toxins); what we experience (stress, trauma); and how long we live.
psychology  environment  pollution  diet  nutrition  health  science  evolution  childhood  development  lifestyle  DNA  epigenetics  genetics  gene  parenthood  parents  parenting  medical  advances  medical  research 
september 2012 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Gene flaw 'explains why drugs failed to treat MS'
"The effects of genetic variants influencing disease risk or resistance can be amplified by drugs. This has often been completely overlooked, but will be critical for using genetic findings in a medical context."

"This important study has shown that some of your genes can play a part in deciding whether or not you respond to a treatment.
genetics 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Popeye had the right idea as favourite snack spinach could cut colon cancer | Mail Online
Researchers at Oregon State University found eating the green leafy vegetable reduced the damaging effects of a carcinogen found in cooked meat.
They were studying the complex biological effects of the cancer-causing substance on microRNA and cancer stem cells.
During their animal study they found that the consumption of spinach could partially offset the damaging effects of the carcinogen. In tests with laboratory animals, it cut the incidence of colon tumors almost in half, from 58 per cent to 32 per cent.
'Cancer development is a complex, multi-step process, with damaged cells arising through various means,'

increasing interest in the role played by epigenetics, in which such factors as diet, environmental toxins, and lifestyle affect the expression of genes – not just in cancer, but also cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and neurological disorders.
genetics  DNA  epigenetics  spinach  vegan  health  diet  cancer 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
Cancer and epigenetics: Cancer’s epicentre | The Economist
Cancer ...
Sometimes the genetic flaw is inherited. Sometimes it is the result of exposure to an outside agent such as tobacco smoke or radioactivity. Sometimes it is plain bad luck; a miscopying of a piece of DNA during the normal process of cell division.

No one has worked out how to repair DNA directly. It is, rather, a question of discovering the biochemical consequences of the genetic damage and trying to deal with those instead. But recently, another pattern has emerged. It is too early to call it a breakthrough as significant as the cancer-is-caused-by-broken-genes finding, but it might be.

Epigenetics, switches genes on and off by plastering either their DNA or the proteins which support that DNA in chromosomes with clusters of atoms called methyl and acetyl groups.

Epigenetic processes are susceptible to chemical intervention in a way that genetic mutations are not.

Epigenetics might justly take its place alongside genetics in the analysis and treatment of cancer.
DNA  cancer  epigenetics  genetics 
april 2012 by asterisk2a
Birth Control Pills Have Lasting Effects on Relationships: Scientific American
hormonal birth control pill does affect your taste of men.

This relationship stability might be caused by the bias of women on the pill toward low-testosterone men, who tend to be more faithful. Roberts suggests that women who met their mate while taking the pill might want to switch to nonhormonal contraceptives several months before getting married to test whether their feelings for their partner remain the same.
sexual  health  marriage  relationships  relationship  genetics  evolution  hormones  contraception  birth  control 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
The Man Who Used to Have HIV - YouTube
There are so many advances going on right now in biotechnology that really have a wow factor," says Arrison. "Gene therapy to cure cancer and tissue engineering, growing brand new tracheas in the lab, also to cure cancer or to cure damag...

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100 Plus: Preparing for the Coming Age of Longevity [Hardcover]
Sonia Arrison (Author)
cancer  genetherapy  genes  genetics  gene  HIV  biotechnology  tissueengineering  medicine  personalized  future  outlook  health 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
Last Chances, First Responses - Video Library - The New York Times
drug designed to attack this specific cancer which feeds off a genetic composition.
cancer  melanoma  genetics  FDA  research 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Shortcuts - In Talent, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture - NYTimes.com
Most of us think of talent as an ability we’re born with and have fairly little control over. But increasingly, experts are questioning the notion that genes limit how far we can go.

“deliberate practice.”
talent  psychology  parenting  creativity  interesting  innovation  career  nature  nurture  determination  leadership  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  advice  business  expert  experience  genes  genetics  practice 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Counsyl Brings Genetic Screening to the Masses - NYTimes.com
Now, a Silicon Valley start-up is making the bold claim that it can help eradicate that disease and more than 100 others by alerting parents-to-be who have the carrier genes.

The company, Counsyl, is selling a test that it says can tell couples whether they are at risk of having children with a range of inherited diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, spinal muscular atrophy, sickle cell disease and Pompe disease (the one afflicting the children in the movie).
gene  testing  analysis  children  parents  genetics 
january 2010 by asterisk2a

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