Tag: ALDH2

The DNA of Thanksgiving

You learned to like the foods you grew up with, but did you know that genetics also play a role in your food preferences? In addition to influencing your sensitivity to bitter and sweet flavors, genetics also affect brain chemistry and therefore how you respond to tastes or other sensory cues. This ...

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Barfly Genetics

You probably know that smoking and excessive drinking are bad for you. But did you know that your genetics also factor into how much those vices can impact your health? Healthy lifestyle choice — like avoiding cigarettes — make you less susceptible to a host to diseases. For instance, non-smokers live, on ...

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Researchers Warn That Physicians Need To Ask About Alcohol “Flushing” To Reduce Esophageal Cancer Risk

No matter what you call it – “flush”, “blush” or “glow” – the red face, nausea and rapid heart beat that many people with Asian ancestry experience when they drink alcohol is more than just a quirk of nature.  Research shows it’s a significant risk factor for esophageal cancer, one of the deadliest ...

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