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Genes Are Not Fixed, Experience and Exposure Can Change Them

Epigenetics refers to how certain life circumstances can cause genes to be silenced or expressed, become dormant or active, over time. New research shows that adolescent binge drinking can lead to epigenetic reprogramming that predisposes an individual to later psychiatric disorders such as anxiety. These data will be shared at the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Denver June 24-28.

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Cells, Aging, Telomeres, heaving drinking, biological aging, cellular level, telomere shortening, thiamine deficiency

Drinking Makes You Older at the Cellular Level

The more alcohol that people drink, the more their cells appear to age. In a new study that will be shared at the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Denver June 24-28, researchers found that alcoholic patients had shortened telomere lengths, placing them at greater risk for age-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia..

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Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting 2017: Featured Research Findings

The 40th annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting will take place June 25-28 in Denver, Colorado. RSA 2017 provides a meeting place for scientists and clinicians from across the country, and around the world, to interact. The meeting also gives members and non-members the chance to present their latest findings in alcohol research through abstract and symposia submissions. Below are eight programming highlights. For full press releases, images or abstracts, email swasilow@shaw.ca.

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With $10.5 Million Gift to MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School, Ohio Couple Paves Way for Future Scientists

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Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio, are paving the way for future scientists to do the same with a transformative $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

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MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School Receives $10.5 Million Gift

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Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio, are paving the way for future scientists to do the same with a transformative $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

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The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power, Study Shows

New study shows your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off.

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maternal alcohol use, Children, justice system, social disadvantages, Marginalization, mental health and children , Substance Use, Indigenous, Socioeconomic Status

Heavy-Drinking Mothers Linked to Their Child’s Path Toward the Justice System

This study investigated whether children whose mothers had an alcohol-related disorder would be at risk of early-life contact with the justice system, which can lead to many negative outcomes across an individual’s life span. Such outcomes can include repeated contact with the justice system, social disadvantages and marginalization, and mental-health and substance-use issues.

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Seafood Poisoning Bug Thwarts a Key Host Defense by Attacking the Cell’s Cytoskeleton

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The leading cause of acute gastroenteritis linked to eating raw seafood disarms a key host defense system in a novel way: It paralyzes a cell’s skeleton, or cytoskeleton.

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UTEP Scientists Awarded Patent for Chagas Disease Vaccine

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A pair of scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso is one step closer to developing the first ever clinical Chagas disease vaccine. Researchers Rosa Maldonado, Ph.D., and Igor Almeida, Ph.D., both faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, recently were granted a patent for “Mucin-Associated Surface Protein As Vaccine Against Chagas Disease.”

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Study Answers Why Ketamine Helps Depression, Offers Target for Safer Therapy

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UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have identified a key protein that helps trigger ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effects in the brain, a crucial step to developing alternative treatments to the controversial drug being dispensed in a growing number of clinics across the country.







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