Scientists: a Difficult childhood

A community in which a child grows can affect his health for many years to come, reports the Telegraph, citing the Medical Express. According to the study, which involved 2 thousand children born in England and Wales and over 18 years of age, young people growing up in disadvantaged circumstances, to demonstrate characteristic differences in the epigenome — proteins and chemical compounds that regulate the activity of genes. Differences were identified in genes previously associated with chronic inflammation, exposure to tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution and lung cancer. Scientists say that changes in their regulation may expose people to the risk of ill health in adulthood. Moreover, epigenetic differences persisted even after accounting for the socio-economic conditions in families and been observed in young people who never smoked or showed signs of strong inflammation.

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