Are Your Telomeres Being Shortened By Noise?

Are Your Telomeres Being Shortened By Noise?

A recent study done in France believes that noise may shorten sparrows’ telomeres. Could this be happening to humans as well?

Noise. It is everywhere. Could the noise of traffic, car horns honking, loud music and busy streets be shortening your telomeres?

“Researchers from France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) noticed that chicks conceived and raised in the din of city traffic have shorter caps on their chromosomes than those reared in a quieter place.

For the experiment, researchers blasted pre-recorded traffic noise six hours a day, seven days a week, at the chicks’ parents and then the 21 baby birds themselves. Another 16 chicks were born and raised in the relative quiet of the French countryside. When the chicks in both groups were just nine days old, scientists gave the baby birds a full physical exam, which included harvesting their telomeres.

They found that chicks reared near the racket had “significantly shorter telomeres”. The team was not sure why noise hurts telomeres, but they speculate it may disrupt the chicks’ sleep and cause them stress.” – Biotechin.Asia

I think, just in case, that I will have to make sure I spend more time outside the city, like the sparrows with the longer telomeres.

Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 2

Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 2

Part 2 in the series of Telomeres and Nutrition: “Specific studies investigating nutrients…have found that quercetin, resveratrol, green tea catechins, grape seed extract, curcumin and turmeric, all demonstrate the ability to help preserve telomeres, with grape seed extract and curcumin able to generate longer telomeres! The research on epigenetic medicine tells us that what your…

Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 1

Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 1

We all know we need to eat better, right? Here are some key ingredients to look for in your diet or vitamin to help your telomeres: “Research in nutritional science has been increasing in its ability to demonstrate just how nutrition works to benefit human health and to slow the rate of aging. One aspect…

Telomere Biomarker May Predict Cancer Diagnosis

Telomere Biomarker May Predict Cancer Diagnosis

A big part of being able to stop cancer could be in predicting it before it begins.  Could telomeres be that predictor? “A distinct pattern of changes in blood telomeres appears to predict cancer years before diagnosis. This was the result of a new study believed to be the first to follow what happens to…

Telomeres and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

Telomeres and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

A recent study with new insight about telomeres may provide researchers with a new way to develop treatments or prevent a group of blood cell disorders called myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). “Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered a direct link between telomere degeneration and MDS. Degrading telomeres can sometimes lead…

Telomeres and Telomerase – A New View?

Telomeres and Telomerase – A New View?

  Have you ever read or heard that “too much” telomerase is a bad thing? An article at HPlusMagazine.com has an interesting view on this. “I believe that this concern is misplaced, that activating telomerase will actually reduce net cancer risk, and that the fear of cancer is damping the enthusiasm that telomere science so…

Telomere Research on Liver Diseases

Telomere Research on Liver Diseases

Researchers may have identified telomeres as a root concern for liver diseases.  Could this mean new treatments will be eventually be available? “Telomere dysfunction —alterations in the structure and/or functioning of telomeres— is one of the molecular mechanisms underlying a number of age-related diseases but, to date, little is known about its possible role in…

Telomere Longevity and DNA Repair

Telomere Longevity and DNA Repair

DNA needing repair may have adverse results on your telomeres! Researchers have found that inhibiting DNA recombination at the telomeres can promote longevity, at least in yeast. “Homologous recombination is a process used to repair double stranded breaks in DNA, thereby preventing genome instability which is believed to cause aging. The shortening of telomeres, the…

Telomere Research on Lung Diseases

Telomere Research on Lung Diseases

Researchers studying lung diseases are optimistic that their finds regarding telomeres will help make better treatments for people that suffer from diseases such as emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis, which often occur in people who have malfunctioning telomeres. “Mary Armanios, M.D., an associate professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine., and her colleagues report that some…

Telomere Research on Social Status in Hyenas

Telomere Research on Social Status in Hyenas

Ever wonder what a human has in common with a hyena?  Well, researchers say telomeres! “Researchers studying spotted hyenas in Kenya found that high-ranking members of a clan live longer, are healthier and even have more offspring. The discovery was made by analysing the lengths of telomeres – caps at the end of each strand…