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Epigenetics and Environmental Exposure

This study was carried out by scientists from the Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University, who noted that adverse changes in the reproductive system of male pups were associated with chemical modification of DNA structure, called DNA methylation where small chemical side chains or methyl groups are added to the primary DNA sequence. Such changed in DNA are considered “epi-genetic” – above and beyond the straightforward DNA sequence that codes for specific genes.

Coffee CupCoffee May Reduce Women’s Risk of Stroke

“Long-term coffee consumption was not associated with an increased risk of stroke in women. In contrast, our data suggest that coffee consumption may modestly reduce risk of stroke,” concluded the researchers.

Coffee Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

Drinking coffee may do more than just keep you awake. A new study suggests an intriguing potential link to mental health later in life, as well.

What Obama means for functional foods and supplements: Part I

As we enter the Obama era today, examines the likely effects of the much-awaited Congressional shift on the functional foods and dietary supplements industries. According to industry veteran Loren Israelsen, the road ahead could be less than positive – especially for supplements.

Understanding the LOHAS Consumer: The Rise of Ethical Consumerism

For newcomers to the LOHAS space, “LOHAS” is an umbrella acronym that stands for Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability. It refers to a wide range of industries, corporate activities and products/services that are designed to be environmentally conscious, sustainable, socially responsible, and/or healthier—both for people and the planet. The LOHAS consumer, in particular, is the leading-edge portion of the population that is attracted by their belief systems and values and who make their purchase decisions with these criteria in mind.

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