Tagged: genetics

Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diets

For the past 50 years, the basic di­­chotomy in diets for both weight control and general health has been low-fat versus low-carbohydrate. Low-fat diets (endorsed since the 1950s by official U.S. dietary guidelines for the prevention...

Living with epidermolysis bullosa

Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of rare diseases that cause fragile, blistering skin. The blisters may appear in response to minor injury, even from heat, rubbing, scratching or adhesive tape. In severe cases, the...

How lifestyle affects our microbiome and health

The question of nature vs nurture extends to our microbiome – the personal complement of mostly-friendly bacteria we carry around with us. Study after study has found that our microbiome affects nearly every aspect...

How good bacteria control your genes

Scientists from the Babraham Institute near Cambridge in collaboration with colleagues from Brazil (here and here) and Italy have discovered a way that good bacteria in the gut can control genes in our cells. The work, published in Nature Communications, shows...

How alcohol damages DNA and increases cancer risk

Scientists have shown how alcohol damages DNA in stem cells, helping to explain why drinking increases your risk of cancer, according to research part-funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Nature today. Much previous research...