newsweek:

By the time they have reached the fourth grade, African American boys who have run a childhood gantlet of poverty, shifting family structure, harsh parenting and a mother’s low mood and educational attainment will have signs of premature genetic aging that can deepen their vulnerability to mental and physical illness, says a new study. 

And the toll of environmental stresses on a child’s cells is even more pronounced when that child has inherited a constellation of genetic variations that make him more sensitive to privation or privilege, the authors of this new research have found. 

The latest research underscores that poverty exacts its wages on a person’s health early and at the most profound levels. The authors of the study looked at the telomeres — the string of regular gene sequences that sit at the tail end of an individual’s chromosomes — of 40 9-year-old African American boys. 

The boys were drawn from a larger study and represented two extremes: half came from the poorest, most splintered African American families in which harsh parenting and maternal depression were present; the other half came from the study’s most affluent African American families, in which family stability, nurturing care and maternal mental health were the order of the day. 

Sometimes called a “mitotic clock,” telomeres grow a tiny bit more ragged each time a cell divides — a process that is sped up by illness, stress and chronic adversity. Like the ends of a shoelace, a newborn’s telomeres start long and clean and strong, but grow ragged with wear and tear. 

The length and integrity of an individual’s telomeres are increasingly seen as a signpost of his or her genetic age and susceptibility to a broad range of illnesses. Existing research has drawn a line between environmental stresses and shorter, more frayed telomeres. 

But the current study appears to be the first to establish that certain genetic variations will exaggerate (or mitigate) the fraying effects of social hardship in childhood on an individual’s telomere length. 

Black boys facing chronic adversity show signs of early genetic aging

This just in, on something I wrote about 8 years ago…I guess I should just be happy that more attention is being given to the issue.

newsweek:

By the time they have reached the fourth grade, African American boys who have run a childhood gantlet of poverty, shifting family structure, harsh parenting and a mother’s low mood and educational attainment will have signs of premature genetic aging that can deepen their vulnerability to mental and physical illness, says a new study.

And the toll of environmental stresses on a child’s cells is even more pronounced when that child has inherited a constellation of genetic variations that make him more sensitive to privation or privilege, the authors of this new research have found.

The latest research underscores that poverty exacts its wages on a person’s health early and at the most profound levels. The authors of the study looked at the telomeres — the string of regular gene sequences that sit at the tail end of an individual’s chromosomes — of 40 9-year-old African American boys.

The boys were drawn from a larger study and represented two extremes: half came from the poorest, most splintered African American families in which harsh parenting and maternal depression were present; the other half came from the study’s most affluent African American families, in which family stability, nurturing care and maternal mental health were the order of the day.

Sometimes called a “mitotic clock,” telomeres grow a tiny bit more ragged each time a cell divides — a process that is sped up by illness, stress and chronic adversity. Like the ends of a shoelace, a newborn’s telomeres start long and clean and strong, but grow ragged with wear and tear.

The length and integrity of an individual’s telomeres are increasingly seen as a signpost of his or her genetic age and susceptibility to a broad range of illnesses. Existing research has drawn a line between environmental stresses and shorter, more frayed telomeres.

But the current study appears to be the first to establish that certain genetic variations will exaggerate (or mitigate) the fraying effects of social hardship in childhood on an individual’s telomere length.

Black boys facing chronic adversity show signs of early genetic aging

This just in, on something I wrote about 8 years ago…I guess I should just be happy that more attention is being given to the issue.

Avocado-mobile. #letsgoforaride (at Forest Lawn)

Avocado-mobile. #letsgoforaride (at Forest Lawn)

You know how it is once the weather get hot.

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notnadia:

blithelyblonde:

Always reblog.

Yeah.

Us bitches get shit done once in a while.

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stupidstagram:

Using a Lil Wayne related hashtag to fight sexism. #Remarkable.

stupidstagram:

Using a Lil Wayne related hashtag to fight sexism. #Remarkable.

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kateoplis:

"I’m 87 years old…I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive.. The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.
The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.
Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call….. Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
- Harry Dean Stanton

kateoplis:

"I’m 87 years old…I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive.. The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call….. Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”

- Harry Dean Stanton

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Cool Drinks, Cool Tea #cochin #indiadventure #doorways (at Mattanchery, Fort Kochi)

Cool Drinks, Cool Tea #cochin #indiadventure #doorways (at Mattanchery, Fort Kochi)

kateoplis:

In a lot of ways this is a city built on Pretend. We pretend that we aren’t getting older, that we can still be out until four in the morning and it won’t be any different when we wake up than it was in our early 20s. We pretend that we have plenty of time to accomplish all the goals we think…

That time we took a gondola up to see a Buddha in the sky. #hongkong  (at Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong)

That time we took a gondola up to see a Buddha in the sky. #hongkong (at Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong)

Tags: hongkong

When in doubt, order the squab. @mikelee @ashinyknife @danielcastanov @daryck I did this for you, it rocked my face off. #hongkong #vietnamese #pigeon (at Yei Lam Vietnamese Restaurant)

When in doubt, order the squab. @mikelee @ashinyknife @danielcastanov @daryck I did this for you, it rocked my face off. #hongkong #vietnamese #pigeon (at Yei Lam Vietnamese Restaurant)