Genetic Symphony

Finnish researchers examined the effects of classical music on the brain at the molecular level on both musically experienced (48) and inexperienced (15) people. Genetic activity increased for the "feel-good" hormone dopamine, as well as genes involved in memory, learning and synaptic activity. Genes associated with neuro-degeneration were less active. Only musically experienced participants exhibited these effects.  PositiveTip: Get…

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How Happiness Can Help… or Hurt Your Health.

A recent study compared the body’s biological response to two types of happiness: pleasure-seeking (eg. enjoying a meal) or purpose-seeking (eg. community connection through service). While both types can create a general sense of well-being, the cellular response can be quite different. High pleasure-seeking happiness was associated with genetic expressions that would weaken the immune…

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Nature or Nurture?

Which has the greatest effect when it comes to the cause of disease? Although only a few statistical studies try to answer this question, one recent study suggests that about 5% of obesity is caused by genetics. That means 95% of the overweight problem is a result of environment – cultural patterns, economic constraints, formal…

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