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Genetic testing may soon be able to identify what diet each individual should consume for a longer, healthier life

Posted January 29, 2014

Your best friend swears by the Paleo Diet. Your boss loves Atkins. Your sister is gluten-free, and your roommate is an acolyte of Michael Pollan. So who’s right? Maybe they all are.

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Meditation can fight inflammatory disease on the genetic level

Posted December 18, 2013

Recent scientific research regarding the effects of meditation on human psychology and physiology has revealed that the popular practice holds tremendous potential for natural well-being. Initially, it was believed that meditation can only change behavioral patterns and enhance emotional stability, but it has now become clear that this is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, mediation triggers very important genetic and physiological changes in the human body.

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Meditation changes gene expression, study shows

Posted December 12, 2013

Practitioners have been attesting to it for years, and now medical science is waking up to the idea that meditation really does have health benefits. A new study, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, has discovered specific molecular changes in the body after a period of mindful meditation.

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Meditation induces gene expression changes

Posted December 5, 2013

With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.

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Gene expression may reveal who will benefit from vitamin D

Posted August 15, 2013

Studying the expression of genes that are dependent on vitamin D makes it possible to identify individuals who will benefit from vitamin D supplementation, shows a University of Eastern Finland study published recently in PLoS One.

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Genetically Susceptible to Breast Cancer? Vitamin D Just Might Save Your Life

Posted July 7, 2013

While age, lifestyle, diet and physical activity all play a significant role in development of breast cancer, an estimated fifteen percent of women fall victim to the disease due to genetic susceptibility. Current treatment options remain limited, but extensive research clearly demonstrates that natural compounds—including vitamin D—may play an effective role in the prevention and even treatment of breast cancer.

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Genetic variation may affect vitamin D3 but not D2 supplements: Study

Posted April 8, 2013

Differences in the genetic makeup of vitamin D receptor proteins have a big impact on the effectiveness of supplementation with vitamin D3 but not vitamin D2, say researchers.

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Is There a ‘Healthy’ Obesity Gene?

Posted June 4, 2012

Why is it that some obese people are healthier than others? This was one of the main questions Dr. Chaodong Wu of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — Texas A&M University System — and a group of researchers tried to answer in a recent study.

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Low Vitamin D Levels and Early Menstruation Linked

Posted April 30, 2012

Early menstruation, which is a risk factor for psychosocial and behavioral problems in teens and diseases such as breast cancer in later life, appears to be linked to low levels of vitamin D. The studys results could have important implications for young girls around the world.

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Vitamin D Intake May Be Associated with Lower Stress Fracture Risk in Girls

Posted April 30, 2012

Vitamin D may be associated with a lower risk of developing stress fractures in preadolescent and adolescent girls, especially among those very active in high-impact activities, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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